PICTURE: Marsabit County Governor Muhammad Ali addressing the residents during the launch.

8th December 2017

MARSABIT, KENYA: The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) in partnership with Marsabit county government today launched a new medical cover to cater for county staff and vulnerable poor citizens working in the informal sector.

In a colourful ceremony held at Marsabit Catholic cathedral grounds NHIF CEO Mr Geoffrey Mwangi launched NHIF medical insurance cover which is aimed at facilitating the financing of healthcare services for the county staff and selected family head’s in efforts to ease the health care challenges facing the poor and vulnerable populations of Marsabit county.

The NHIF medical cover will be given to 1189 members of county staff and 10,000 head’s of the most vulnerable households drawn from every ward across the county. The cover will cost the county government Ksh 125 Million annually.

“The beneficiary’s of the scheme who are dwelling in remote areas will enjoy the provision of emergency air rescue and road ambulance service. Also the cover will cater for funeral expenses if the beneficiary passes away while still on cover and i promise to increase the numbers in future” Said Governor Ali.

According to the agreement the insurance will cover the principal member, spouse and five children. For the vulnerable group, the number of eligible dependants will be unlimited – all family members who depend on the principal member are covered. This will translate to 70,000 people being covered for the access to comprehensive medical cover for the next 12 months.

“We will have continuous consultations with NHIF management on how to improve the packages in the cover inorder to givee county staffs a special treatment and attention for efficient service delivery” Said Governor Ali.