- Last month, there were concerns within NPS and Kenya Prisons Service after the state medical insurer lost a bid to renew a contract to provide comprehensive medical cover.
- National Hospital Insurance Fund was on December 16, 2022, informed it had lost the tender to a consortium of private insurance firms.
Police will start accessing health cover before end month, President William Ruto has announced.
Speaking in Nyeri on Tuesday, Ruto said the cover will ensure that police together with their families have accessible health care.
"My government will provide a comprehensive insurance cover effective this month available to members of the police and prison service together with their families," Ruto said.
Last month, there were concerns within NPS and Kenya Prisons Service after the state medical insurer lost a bid to renew a contract to provide comprehensive medical cover.
National Hospital Insurance Fund was on December 16, 2022, informed it had lost the tender to a consortium of private insurance firms.
NHIF had been offering the cover for almost eight years and insiders said it was fairly better.
Ruto said two fully-equipped National Police Service hospitals are complete, and will soon be ready to serve members of the service.
"This will ensure police finally have access to priority and appropriate facilities for physical and mental wellness," he said.
Last month, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki announced that Border Police Hospital in Kanyonyo will be commissioned in March.
The facility will also offer counselling services to the police.
NPS had every year since 2,000 advertised tenders for the construction of the facility probably in Nairobi even as their personnel continued to get injured and others die due to lack of proper medical attention.
Each junior officer contributed Sh50.
In 2020 the Administration Police Service started building its 160-bed hospital to cater for its personnel.
The services used a welfare fund collected for almost a year to kick-start the hospital project
The hospital was initially meant to attend to officers injured on the frontline, especially at the Kenya-Somalia border but now officials say all personnel even those from other places including Nairobi will be referred there.
NPS has been taking their injured personnel to the Kenya Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi and private facilities.
The KDF hospital is at times overwhelmed because it is small.
When launched, the police hospital will be a huge relief for the service.