Teachers have decried poor health services being provided at health facilities contracted by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Led by the Kenya National Union of Post Education Teachers (KUPPET) Central Kenya official Mwangi Mburu, the teachers claimed that majority of hospitals listed to give them health services lack capacity to provide standard treatment.
Speaking at Kigumo during the sub county education day on Saturday, Mburu lamented that teachers have contracted AON-Minet Insurance to the tune of Sh5.9 billion, but they were not getting quality services.
He observed majority of teachers have now opted to meet medical bills for their family members from their own pockets as some of the listed medical facilities lack drugs among other specialized equipment.
“Teachers remain covered but it was unfortunate that whenever they visit contracted hospital they fail to get prescribed drugs,” added Mwangi.
Mwangi who is also the Murang’a branch executive secretary divulged that some of the medical facilities have since withdrawn their services, leaving teachers with nowhere else to get medical attention.
“After the union wrote to TSC seeking answers, they went ahead procured drugs, but which are yet to reach the respective health facilities,” he said.
“KUPPET has always embraced dialogue with the teacher’s employer over the years but facilities contracted to provide health services are withdrawing one by one,” added the union official.
He said teachers’ patience was fast running out and they might be forced to down their tools as TSC has failed to contract another provider.
“If the employer fails to get another deal teachers should get their money back, instead of going through the current challenges,” said the union official.
Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata, who graced the occasion, said health cover for the teachers should be addressed without further delay.
Kang’ata said the matter should be deliberated in the national assembly and senate as it involves public resources.
“TSC should address the members’ concerns and secure a provider with enough capacity in service delivery. There are over 250,000 teachers whom should not be ignored by their employer especially in matters pertaining to health,” said the senator.