Laikipia County Government has kicked off the second phase of the universal Health Care Campaign that seeks to increase number of households registered with the NHIF rise to 80 percent.
The County which is currently leading in the country in registration at 52% aims to make sure that most people in the County are covered by the end of 2019.
Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, his Deputy John Mwaniki, the executive, as well as the county officials will be traversing the expansive county calling on residents to come out and register with the scheme through a mobile phone application that collects an applicant’s data and feeds to same to NHIF systems.
The clients will not have to travel long distances to NHIF offices since the app has also made it easier for one to pay his monthly contributions at the touch of his mobile phone.
The County has engaged community Health Volunteers who are involved in registering people right from their homesteads making the whole process successful.
Governor Muriithi said that almost every family in Laikipia has a source of income either through farming and will therefore afford to pay their monthly contribution of Ksh 500 towards the scheme.
He said for the pastoralist communities it would cost a household a goat to cater for a whole year’s contribution which amounts to Ksh 6,000.
He called on Boda Boda riders to enroll in the program noting that most of them have been insuring their motorcycles and forgetting about themselves.
The sentiments were echoed by Mwaniki who said that the County Government who said they will make it mandatory for the riders to enroll with the health insurance scheme.
MCAs present noted that the burden of Harambees to cover medical bills should be a thing of the past if residents agreed to get the cover.
The campaign was taken to residents of Tangi Nyeusi, Thome, Pesi, Mutara, Rumuruti, Salama and Kiamariga and is expected to continue in the next six days to cover the whole county.