Roberto Muyela @PeopleDailyKe
A recent partnership between the County Government of Kisumu and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) with the less fortunate members of the community benefit from the health insurance.
Kisumu Health Executive Rose Obara said the devolved unit has earmarked Sh300 million in the 2018/19 financial year for the scheme in a move to step-up access to medical services for the less fortunate.
The funds will be used to cover those who are vulnerable, less fortunate and can not make contribution towards the pool because of poverty.
Ombara said a special team was formed by the health directorate and they are mandated with conducting a feasibility study to map-out the less fortunate and vulnerable citizens in the county as a maiden step of identifying those who will benefit from the programme.
“The scheme is aimed at boosting access to quality medical care of the lakeside residents besides also improving their enrollment to the NHIF which she said was a game changer in improving access to medical services,” she said.
During her address, the medic singled out Kisumu county saying it was among the devolved units with the best health facility networks but lamented the fact that poor uptake and ignorance was dealing a blow on how the residents accessed the services.
NHIF consultant Prof Rogo Khama said lack of information, ignorance, the lack of trust and over reliance to government medical bail-outs was the underlying factor behind poor uptake of medical insurance schemes.
Rogo who consults for the World Bank said that tactical approach will see more citizens seek proper medication and reduce suffering and even deaths related to cases where the victim never gets required medical attention at the right time.