NHIF medical cover places the nanny’s mind at peace
SEE ALSO :MPs demand medical cover for all wivesToday, if Kanyeki was to get a house help who has children she would make sure that they are all registered as dependants on NHIF. This way, she says, when the nanny’s child becomes sick they can access medical care. “Registering the nanny and her dependants on NHIF makes her feel valued and appreciated. It also increases nanny retention,” Kanyeki says. According to Trizzer, the nanny will have less to worry about and hence concentrate on performing well at work. Regarding placing nannies on a medical insurance cover, Trizzer has preference for NHIF. She says: “The premiums are affordable; especially considering that nannies are not paid so much.”
SEE ALSO :NHIF top bosses to be charged in courtThere is no data that shows the average monthly salary of a nanny. However, as from 2015, new government regulations directed that domestic workers be paid nothing less than Sh10, 954. This amount has however been contested by many employers; many who complain that they cannot afford such an amount. In many households, according to a random survey we conducted, house helps are paid anything between Sh4, 000 and Sh8, 000. Even so, Trizzer argues, a prudent employer should ensure that their nanny is registered on NHIF.