Makueni County Government to roll out Medical Insurance Scheme

The Makueni County government will roll out a medical insurance scheme in March 2016 on a pilot basis.

The revelations were made Tuesday by Governor Kivutha Kibwana while officially commissioning the Ngakaa dispensary in Makindu Ward Kibwezi West sub County.

Prof. Kibwana said that the scheme would target the elderly aged 65 years and above before rolling it out fully to benefit all residents in the area.

The medical insurance is a volunteer scheme that seeks to reduce catastrophic expenditures that hinder majority of people from accessing health care services, said the governor.

The county boss did not however, specify the amount of money involved in the scheme that would be managed by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

Meanwhile, efforts were being made by the county government to identify the beneficiaries of the scheme.

During the function, Prof. Kibwana revealed that his government had constructed 73 health facilities that included 43 dispensaries, 12 theatre units, X-Ray units and health centres.

The increase of health facilities has reduced the average distance from nine kilometers in 2013 to six kilometers for the residents to access health services, noted the governor.

He disclosed that his government was focusing more on community health strategy that embraced creating awareness among the people on how they could access health care.

Prof. Kibwana attributed the increase of women giving birth in health facilities to the improved infrastructure in the county which he said would be improved in the near future.

Many women are now giving birth in our health facilities due to well coordinated awareness creation among the local residents. The figure attending the new facilities has risen from 19% to 50% at the moment, said Prof. Kibwana.

By Patrick Nyakundi