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NHIF gets new CEO as Simeon ole Kirgotty exits

By Moses Nyamori | February 10th 2016

The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) has a new chief executive.

Geoffrey Gitau Mwangi has been appointed to replace Simeon ole Kirgotty who has completed his three-year term.

A letter signed by NHIF Board Chairman Mohamud Ali and copied to Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, says Mr Mwangi will serve in an acting capacity until the board gives further direction.

"I am pleased to formally convey the decision that you have been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in an acting capacity with effect from February 9, 2016, until further notice," said the letter.

His appointment comes even after Central Organisation Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli alleged that there are plans to scuttle reforms at NHIF through change of management.

Mr Kirgotty took charge of NHIF in February 2013 after working in an acting capacity since August 2012.

This appointment also comes at a time when the health insurer is carrying out major reforms to boost its services to over 5.6 million members, including financing treatment of cancer patients.

Many patients travel to India to due to the high cost of cancer treatment in Kenya.

Under the new NHIF package, patients in need of chemotherapy will get a cover of Sh25,000 per session while those getting radiotherapy treatment will have a cover of Sh18,000 per session.

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