No health coverage of COVID-19 treatments in both public and private hospitals from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). The government can no longer carry the financial burden of COVID-19 healthcare. The health ministry claims, “It would not have been financially viable for the NHIF to finance treatment COVID-19 for the current national or enhanced medical scheme.” NHIF wrote a letter to the ministry of health requesting for additional funding.
This is in response of the surge in confirmed COVID-19 positive cases that Kenya is witnessing. Those battling Covid-19 and are members of NHIF will have to foot the bill of treatment as the national insurer will not cater for their treatment.
What is the government to do? Is the government abandoning the Kenyan people due to the overwhelming pressure of COVID-19? Most health facilities are full, and medical equipment are scars.
The healthcare workers are not enough and the ones that are there, are slowly contracting the virus. “To date 2,108 healthcare workers who have tested positive for the virus, 1,074 males & 1,034 females. Unfortunately, we have also lost 22 healthcare workers since the pandemic struck. Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those who have lost their loved ones,” the ministry said in a statement.
A week ago, the curfew was reduced from 11pm to 10pm in an effort to curb the rampant clubbing witnessed in major cities in Kenya.
Also Politicians were urged not to organize huge rallies and to adhere to the COVID-19 prevention measure.
It is also up to the Kenyan people to cooperate and understand the situation at hand. Because when you flaunt the regulations set by the ministry of health. Then (hypothetically) contract the virus, get treatment, not die and recover. Will you be able to foot your own bill? Because, it is expensive and unsustainable for the NHIF and private insurance firms. In other words, the government says that you are on you own!