Kisumu County rolls out Universal Health Care

Kisumu County has partnered with health service providers to spearhead massive registration of residents into the Universal Health Care (UHC).

According to Director of Communications at Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o’s office, Alloyce Ager, the County has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Pharm Access Foundation, a leading non-profit international organization for technical assistance to establish a digital health platform.

He said the partnership also includes the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to ensure the success of UHC that is currently being piloted in four counties of Kisumu, Machakos, Isiolo and Nyeri

The County aims to use the digital platform that includes a mobile health wallet to help achieve UHC in a cost effective and transparent way, he said.

He said as part of the National Government’s Agenda Four delivery, the county was working towards providing all its citizens with affordable health care by the year 2022.

Those who are unable to pay for the healthcare Super Cover will benefit from government subsidies while those in informal employment with ability to pay will pay their contributions directly to NHIF, he added.

At least 1.2 million people are targeted in the four counties under the pilot programme, with close to 300,000 vulnerable persons set to benefit from government subsidy.

Source: Kenya News Agency