Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has announced a new medical insurance scheme that aims to provide coverage to families from low-income households.
The rising costs of healthcare have made it difficult for many families to pay large medical bills, and some avoid seeking medical assistance altogether due to financial constraints.
The scheme will provide families with up to Ksh100,000 in last-minute costs and will include inpatient, outpatient, dental, and optical treatments.
In the first phase, 50 homes from each voting station will be enrolled, with a total of 232,000 disadvantaged households set to benefit from the coverage.
The Governor also confirmed that the scheme is a partnership with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and will cost the county Ksh8,600 to provide medical services to the beneficiaries.
The announcement comes after criticism from Nairobi County physicians for the Governor’s lack of NHIF coverage and admission that he lacked a deed of novation.