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Activate our NHIF cards, retired prison wardens plead


Prison commissioner John Warioba (second from right) is joined by three retiring prison officers from left to right Ven.Canon Johnson Gatumu, former rift valley prison boss Aggrey Onyango,Deputy prison boss Florence Omundi (not retiring) and Assistant commissioner general of prisons Zakayo Omusula charge of rehabilitation in cutting a cake for the officers retiring from the service at Magereza house on Thursday, June 29, 2023. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

Police officers from Prison Department set to retire on July 1, have urged the Ministry of Health to consider activating their National Health Insurance Fund cards.

They said this would help them access drugs as outpatients.

“As we exit the service, we would like to make a request to NHIF to those of us who are sick to purchase drugs from public hospitals using the card,” Walter Nungo, a representative of the retirees said.

The exiting servicemen made the request during their welfare ceremony held at Prison Headquarters in Nairobi on Thursday, June 6.

They said that most of them are susceptible to health problems due to their old age.

“Some of us frequent hospitals for drugs which most hospitals fail to let us purchase using NHIF cards,” Nungo stated.

Nungo further noted that this situation makes life unbearable since they religiously remit timely contributions to the national insurer.

The members of the discipline force also asked Kenya Prisons Retired Officers’ Association to liaise with Prison Department to issue them with identity cards.

According to the officers, the IDs will be instrumental in recognition as they go about their errands after service.

Commissioner Director General John Warioba said the retirees stint in service saw remarkable reforms including the introduction of open door policies where the department engages directly with the public.

“Your hard work and has earned us recognition beyond the borders of Kenya. Our neighbours have been benchmarking from us,” Warioba said.

“Your dedication led to the growth and development of the prison department with human rights and open-door policy reforms,” he added.

He urged them to clear with the police Sacco to ease processing of their retirement benefits.

Warioba implored them to use the skills, knowledge and experience they have acquired from the correctional service for social development in the society.

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