Kisii Kenya 07 Sept 2021…..Health ministry Principal Secretary,Susan Mochache has defended registration of the vulnerable with NHIF against claims that it was experiencing operational challenges.
The PS pointed out the registration under Universal Healthcare Coverage(UHC) and one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agenda was intact and firm.
Launching the countrywide on-going registration exercise at Getembe Health centre in Kitutu Chache South,Mochache termed the alleged constraints manmade and which were surmountable.
She explained the national government had allocated funds for procurement of medicines, employment of medical staff and insurance.
County assemblies were advised to pass laws requiring that funds reimbursed by the NHIF were retained at health facilities were the healthcare services were offered.
According to the PS the move will discourage channeling of the reimbursed money to the County Revenue Fund where it was diverted for other uses leaving the hospitals financially crippled.
County government health dockets were also urged to invest in electricity and IT for faster to avert late submissions of claims to the NHIF.
The PS disclosed the ministry had since installed a system to facilitate quick funds remittances on the same.
On the registration,Mochache commended Kisii county for conducting the exercise devoid of political interference by relying on 2019 national census statistics.
She described the progromme as fool proof,convenient,cost effective in public hospitals and alleviated the beneficiaries from being impoverished by unaffordable medication.
Governor James Ongwae,said counties had signed an MOU with the national government to share half of the burden of the medical insurance (NHIF) for over 63,000 indigents in two phases.
Kisii county was to pay sh. 190,million complaining that the lion’s share of the NHIF reimbursements went to private health facilities