Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 launched the biometric mass registration drive for National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) at Ndengelwa Dispensary in Bukembe West, Kanduyi Sub County. The drive that targets over 34,000 vulnerable families across the County was concurrently commenced in Tuuti/Marakaru, Khalaba, Bukembe West, Musikoma and Township wards. 500-1000 homes per ward would benefit depending on population, size of ward and indigents (poor/vulnerable). It seeks to provide affordable, accessible and sustainable medical cover to the residents of Bungoma.
Out of the est. 370,000 homes in Bungoma, 170,000 are said to be poor
The mass registration drive being a Universal Health Care (UHC) Programme facilitated by the NHIF is a nationwide program that saw Bungoma Chapter launched on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. With Health being a devolved function NHIF took advantage of the 3,200 Community Health Volunteers (CHV) to get primary shortlist of would-be beneficiaries, names that NHIF has come down to biometrically registrator before duly registered members can enjoy the services.
Speaking at the launch the Health Chief Officer Patrick Wandili encouraged Bungoma residents to enroll/subscribe with NHIF for it will help offload the financial burden most families face whenever sickness strikes.
The registration exercise will run for 9 days coming to an end on September, 1 2021 at Mt. Elgon Sub county
A jubilant Wangamati assured the residents of his commitment in realizing his campaign pledges among them affordable healthcare through NHIF scheme, equipping of health facilities, construction of Dual carriageway, Upgrading of Masinde Muliro Stadium, Webuye Milk Plant, improved road network, Scholarship program for bright but needy students, among other development projects and programs.
Present at the launch included the Deputy Governor Prof. Ngome, Health CEC Member Anthony Walela, Collins Mukhongo (Roads), Chief officer Health, Patrick Wandili, MCAs; Hon. Luseneka (Bukembe West) Hon. Joram Wanjala (Bukembe East), Director of Medical service and Dr. Akatu.
#iKUWEiKUWE has also learnt that;
- Newly NHIF members will have to wait a little longer to enjoy services as NHIF does more due diligence on data given.
- Governors will soon sit on NHIF boards as stakeholders of Health as a devolved function.