Residents not covered by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) will not get outpatient services at the Meru Level Five Hospital and the 14 other level four hospitals, Governor Kiraitu Murungi has said.
Kiraitu spoke in Meru town when he commissioned the hospital boards. He said his administration was spearheading the directive through the Department of Health in order to encourage people to invest in health.
“We want to introduce universal health coverage in the region. We will also allow the health board 60 days to come up with arrangements on how to run our hospitals,” Kiraitu said.
However, the governor said his administration will pay 50 per cent of the NHIF monthly contributions and hence there would be no reason for residents not to get the cover.
Meru has 254 public health facilities.