At least 90,000 vulnerable families within Kisumu County will now be able to access free medical services following the launch of a new Medical Insurance Cover dubbed “Marwa Kisumu Solidarity Health Insurance Scheme” by the County Government.
The county government had so far disbursed Sh. 67 million to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) which will execute the scheme.
Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o during the launch of the scheme at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital said the amount will first cover 45,000 beneficiaries before the second batch can be catered for.
Nyong’o called for support to NHIF to surmount governance issues that were weighing it down so that they could offer a holistic medical cover to Kenyans.
Nyong’o said the health cover was tailor made for families who for one reason or the other are unable to make contributions into any medical insurance.
The Governor said the realization of the medical cover marks a great milestone in the fulfillment of the promise he made to the people of Kisumu during his campaigns to provide accessible and affordable healthcare for all.
He said the beneficiaries of the medical scheme will now have access to quality, affordable and timely healthcare and will start accessing both inpatient and outpatient care under the NHIF Supa Cover benefits.
He reported that the county government had invested significant resources to improve on health infrastructure across the county including the modernization of the Referral Hospital in order to improve on its services.
NHIF Chief Executive Officer Dr. Peter Kamunyo congratulated Governor Nyong’o for committing to support the vulnerable saying it is a move that will steer the county towards achieving universal health coverage.
Dr. Kamunyo also mentioned that the ongoing reforms at the National Fund will ensure the previous bottlenecks experienced by members will soon be history.
He commended the Referral hospital for leading the public facilities in terms of NHIF reimbursements.