NHIF called upon to cover children with autism

Miss World Africa 2017 Magline Jeruto has called on the National Hospital Insurance Fund to consider providing medical cover to children living with autism.

The beauty queen who has been working with the Autism society of Kenya said parents with such children had been facing challenges as they require special treatment therapy to manage the condition.

It is regrettable that when these children develop complications and are taken to hospital NHIF doesn’t cover their specific conditions, she said at the governor’s office.

According to Wikipedia, there is no cure for autism, but early and intensive treatment can help children with autism improve their behavior, communication and social skills.

Treatment may include support and facilitation, behavior modification, educational therapy, and medicine.

Jeruto is on a mission to raise Sh.60 million for the construction of an autism centre in Iten which she says once it is complete will be one of its kind in the country and the second in Africa after South Africa.

Elgeyo Marakwet county governor, Alex Tolgos has promised to provide land for the construction of the centre.

This is a noble initiative and as a county we will support it to ensure that it is a success, Tolgos said.

Source: Kenya News Agency