Government Hires 100,000 Community Health Workers to Provide Basic Health Services
According to Susan Nakhumicha, the government has engaged 100,000 community health workers to provide fundamental medical services to the general populace.
The team will educate residents on the importance of NHIF health coverage and provide basic health services to the underserved.
To enhance the delivery of health services at the neighbourhood level, the government has hired 100,000 community health promoters.
Susan Nakhumicha, the cabinet secretary for health and sanitation, stated that the team will be travelling throughout the neighbourhood providing basic healthcare services to the ill and educating residents on the importance of joining the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). The team is equipped with first aid supplies, she added.
In addition to providing first aid, community health advocates also educate residents about the value of signing up for NHIF health coverage, she stated in Bungoma over the weekend.
The CS urged on the locals to register in big numbers and noted that the government planned to reduce the NHIF subscription fee from Sh500 to Sh300.
In a month, according to Nakhumicha, NHIF will have a new CEO.
“The Ministry was in a terrible state when I was designated the CS for Health. Both Kemsa and NHIF had corruption, which I was able to restrain. I’ll be appointing a new CEO soon, she said.
She continued by saying that the government has contributed Sh4.1 billion to the Linda Mama initiative in order to support pregnant moms in giving birth in a respectable setting. Additionally, the funds will cover all prenatal care (ANC) appointments, facility delivery costs, and four follow-up clinic visits.