Gov’t to Cover Students’ Covid-19 Treatment Bills

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has announced that the government will provide medical cover for learners as Covid-19 continues to ravage the learning institutions.

Speaking while on an inspection tour in West Pokot on Wednesday, November 18, CS Magoha revealed that the government is working to cover hospital bills for students who contract Covid-19.

The CS stated that students would remain in school assuring parents and teachers of the government’s support to ensure schools remain the safest place for learners.

“We are going to take a firm position as the government, that as children are treated in hospital, Covid-19 must be covered as well,” Magoha stated.

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had also announced on Monday, November 16 that it has put in place a medical scheme cover for teachers who contract Covid-19.

This comes even as pressure continues to mount on the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to cover Kenyans against Covid-19-related expenses.

Deputy President William Ruto is among the top leaders who have criticized NHIF saying that is should emulate the step taken by the TSC.

National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) headquarters in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

He said that NHIF should offer a similar cover to its members, especially students who are set to resume school.

Ruto urged that the government should mobilize all available resources to enable NHIF to cover its members.

“We commend TSC for including COVID 19 insurance cover for its members. NHIF should emulate TSC by extending a similar cover to its members, especially students who are set to resume school. All available resources should be mobilized to enable NHIF to meet this obligation,” DP Ruto said.

NHIF CEO Peter Kamunyo while appearing before Senate’s Health Committee last week said that it would cost the national insurer up to Ksh22.5 billion to finance the treatment of members diagnosed with Covid-19.

“It would not have been financially viable for NHIF to finance the treatment of Covid-19 for the current National or Enhanced Medical Scheme members of the fund,” he said.

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