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NMS wants health workers involved in biometric NHIF registration

Phase I aims to capture 20 per cent of Nairobi’s poor households

In Summary
  • In February, NMS commenced the process of identifying 66,000 families to be enrolled under the National Hospital Insurance Fund.
  • Each household would be getting 6,000 annually for the insurance cover.
Nairobi Metropolitan Service director Mohammed Badi and Surgeon Simon Tinega at Uthiru - Muthua hospital on August 25.
UHC INSURANCE SCHEME: Nairobi Metropolitan Service director Mohammed Badi and Surgeon Simon Tinega at Uthiru - Muthua hospital on August 25.
Image: NMS

At least 66,000 vulnerable households have started accessing preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services under NHIF.

They are among the 326,000 households which the Nairobi Metropolitan Service has registered for the medical cover.  

NMS director of Health Services Ouma Oluga last week said they are in the process of registering more families biometrically.

In February, NMS commenced the process of identifying 66,000 families to be enrolled under the National Hospital Insurance Fund.  Each household would be getting 6,000 annually for the insurance cover.

The initiative was in collaboration with the Department of Social Services and Ministry of Health.

Phase I aims to capture 20 per cent of Nairobi’s poor households using a tool developed by Ministry of Health for identification.

“With the office of the county commissioner, we are requesting if County Health Workers could be given the responsibility of registering these families under NHIF to fast track the biometric registration process,” Oluga said.

According to the 2019 census, Nairobi has 1.5 million households constituting the 4.3 million population, the exact number of poor households is however, not available.

UHC is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta's Big Four agenda aimed at transforming Kenya by 2022.  

Under the programme, all Kenyans are expected to access preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services at a minimum cost.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)