President launches Sh4b NHIF cover for students in public secondary schools
SEE ALSO :MPs demand medical cover for all wives“Through involvement in these artistic forms, the learners develop critical performance skills. These skills prepare them for the world of work in the creative, cultural and entertainment industries,” said Prof Odhiambo. Kenyatta University sent the President and other guests into stitches when they presented their narrative, Annabel. Other teams that performed include Liganwa Primary School, St Anne’s ECD, Thika School for the Visually Impaired, Lubinu Secondary School, Asumbi TTC, NYS Craft College, Kangaru High School, Juja Preparatory School, Matuga Secondary School and Booker Academy. At the same time, the President launched a Sh4.05 billion National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) comprehensive medical cover to cater for students in public secondary schools. Through the cover, the government will pay a premium of Sh1,350 per student for the three million students in public secondary schools to fulfill one pillar of Jubilee government’s Big Four Agenda – provision of affordable health care. Speaking during the launch at State House, President Kenyatta said the cover will only cater for specific students.
SEE ALSO :NHIF top bosses to be charged in courtSome students are currently covered through their parents, who are members and principal contributors to NHIF. In a previous interview, NHIF manager in charge of Benefits and Claims Gilbert Osoro said the insurer will recruit agents to push up the number of subscribers to 13 million by 2022. Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the medical cover was culmination of extensive consultations between NHIF and the ministries of health and education. [Additional reporting by PSCU] [email protected]