By Njeri Irungu
Muranga County Government and the National Hospital Insurance Fund(NHIF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide healthcare to the most poor in the county who are unable of access health care.
The special insurance is set to target 20,000 households with 30 households per polling station benefiting.
Speaking during the MOU signing at the National Hospital Insurance Fund headquarters in Nairobi Chief Executive Officer of NHIF Mr Peter Kamunyo said; “the cover we have signed with the Muranga county government of Murang’a is an enhanced package and will include a dental and an optical package for the most vulnerable in Muranga County”.
In Muranga county one in twenty people suffer from eye or dental maladies. The package will also include a funeral funds with a beneficiary receiving Sh100,000 after their death. It will be commissioned by President Ruto on Sunday.
Also speaking during the launch was Governor of Muranga County Dr. Irungu Kang’ata who said; “the enhanced package which will be launched by the President on Sunday will cost the county government Ksh 170 Million in this financial year and I expect residents of Muranga county to access treatment in all government hospitals using the fund”.
This program is the first of its kind in Kenya and Mr. Kamunyo encouraged other governors to emulate Murang”a county.