…NHIF has committed to cover bills incurred by Covid-19 patients in designated hospitals_
Lamu County: Lamu County Governor H.E Fahim Yassin Twaha has today lauded The National Hospital Insurance Fund’s (NHIF) move to cover Covid-19 patients and related admissions at select public health facilities.
Speaking following NHIF’s announcement, the Governor said this will offer a much needed boost for Lamu households registered under the Insurance Fund, during the evolving health crisis.
“This means that the more than 20,000 households and several hundred thousand people in those homes are viable for healthcare support in NHIF designated facilities, in case they test positive,” said Governor Fahim.
“Coupled with ongoing efforts on preventive care and health infrastructure, it is important that the Lamu public gets swift health support without worrying about their financial situation,” added Governor Fahim.
NHIF’s CEO, Peter Kamunye, made the announcement this week, following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s meeting with County bosses on the Covid-19 County status.
NHIF’s decision allays fears on epidemics and pandemics insurance coverage, which most insurance policies don’t cover.
The facilities include; Kenyatta National Teaching Referral Hospital, Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital, Mbagathi County Hospital, County designated facilities and any other facility as may be designated by the Ministry of Health.
However, NHIF will not be liable for hospital bills incurred in non-MoH designated health facilities.
The County has secured 30 isolation beds across the county, and is currently procuring ICU beds. Further, it has recruited 75 new health workers; purchased Covid-19 supplies including PPE kits, over 100,000 masks and sanitizers, and stocked up medicine and pharmaceutical supplies in all health facilities countywide.
Lamu County has so far tested 441 individuals, with 26 individuals testing positive. Out of that, 6 have been marked safe after turning out negative; 1 has succumbed to the virus and 19 remain active cases, under home-based care.