Kenyans in the informal sector will have improved access to medical care after the government announced a plan to reduce the monthly contribution rate of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) from Sh 500 to Sh 200.
In her speech during the World’s TB Day last week in Eldoret, Health CS Susan Nakhumicha pointed out that the government has rolled out plans to implement Afya Bora Mashinani and also strengthening the capacity of the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) who are key in promoting the access to sustainable health care at the grassroot level.
The CHVs will change from working as volunteers to Community Health Workers (CHWs) who will earn a monthly stipend.
The CS urged the members of the public to register with the NHIF so as to access the affordable health care through the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme that seeks to ensure every Kenyans has reliable access to sustainable health care services across the country.
“When one registers with NHIF, it caters for him and covers all family members including children,” said Nakhumicha.
She noted that the government experienced challenges when it launched the NHIF recruitment as most of the people did not have birth certificates.
BY MARGARET MUGO