Over 100 families in Soin ward, Rongai sub county of Nakuru have benefited from the ongoing sensitization and registration for National Hospital Insurance scheme-NHIF.
Addressing media on Thursday at Kipsyenan Primary school in Soin Ward during the exercise, area MCA Irene Chebichi Cheruiyot said the exercise is paramount in ensuring that Kenyans are catered for when they fall ill through the scheme.
While lauding the locals for turning out in large numbers MCA Chebichi said it is an indicator that people have began to embrace NHIF health scheme.
The MCA admitting that Soin ward is one of the wards that have been experiencing a lot of fundraisers whenever a local falls sick but with the registration she is optimistic that it will help in addressing the challenge.
“I am impressed by the turnout and this is an indicator that people have began to embrace NHIF matters. Before we had a lot of harambees in this area but with the new development I know the challenge will be something of the past” she said.
Soin Ward hosts two major Flower Farms in Rongai Sub County with the area MCA noting that this has seen tremendous population increase in the area.
She attributes the challenge of shortage of drugs in the nearest Kipsyenan dispensary to the growing population in the area admitting that the county government of Nakuru through the Ministry of Health was looking into the matter to ensure sufficient drugs in the facility.
“We have experienced shortage of drugs in our Kipsyenan Dispensary and this is because of the two major flower firms in this area with all the workers having to get treatment form the facility but the county government is working to sort out the issue” she said.
Sentiments echoed by Kampi Ya Moto Assistant County Commissioner Abdul Diba who lauded the National Government on the Big four agenda.
The administrator stating that the country needs healthy citizens for development to be achieved at all levels.
“Health is one of the Big four agenda and that is why we are mobilizing people to register for NHIF” said the ACC.
The sensitization and registration of members to NHIF in Soin Ward commenced on Wednesday and will run through up to weekend.
The locals are sensitized on the importance of registering for NHIF and taken through the registration process.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:A section of Soin Ward residents during the sensitization and registration for NHIF.