As the county prepares for goat auction to support vulnerable families, health department is announcing breakthrough in NHIF accreditation in public health facilities.
Governor Joseph Lenku and his health minister Esther Somoire in a past event.
Upbeat County Health Minister, Esther Somoire, broke the news on Thursday morning when she announced that the county can now boast of 89 new accredited public health facilities with the National Hospital Insurance Fund.
“This is a tremendous achievement made possible by the NHIF teams in Kajiado led by Alfred Ng’etich. With me here is a letter from NHIF confirming all these,” said the county health minister.
Somoire went on; “When we took over in October 2017, there were only 8 accredited public health facilities in the entire region which included Kajiado County Referral, Kitengela, Ngong and Loitokitok hospitals and four other health centres.”
She said through a vibrant exercise undertaken by NHIF team and Department of health staff , the county now boasts of having 97 out of 99 accredited public health facilities in the last one year.
The county minister said those that have been accredited can now offer the maternal Health Linda Mama programme and NHIF supported services.
The health department and NHIF started public awareness and mass registration of people into the NHIF scheme early in the year and now says it is targeting the very poor in the society through governor Joseph Lenku’s Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora Initiative that stem from the universal health care pillar of the Big Four Agenda as spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Somoire said her department is working within its mission of providing effective leadership and provision of quality Health services that are equitable, responsive and accessible to all residence of the County.
This, she said can be attained though the objectives of the department which includes to halt and reverse rising burden on non-communicable conditions by providing preventive and management programs,” said the minister.
She said the department has an objective to provide essential health services by ensuring minimizes exposure to health risk factors by strengthening health promotion and eliminating communicable conditions.
Governor Lenku has invited the residents and other Kenyans of goodwill to a goat auction exercise on September 3rd to take place at the county demonstration farm in Kajiado town.
The governor said the purpose of the event is to assist 5, 000 plus needy and vulnerable families within the county uptake medical insurance by NHIF.
“This is in line with my government’s Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora Initiative that stems from the Universal Health Care pillar of the Big Four Agenda as spearheaded by President Kenyatta,” said Lenku.
He said the Deputy President William Ruto will preside over sale of goats, and urged residents to show up in large numbers for the success of exercise.