Medics in outrage over withdrawal of NHIF covers


As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to bite in the country, the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacist and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU) has complained over what it termed as withdrawal of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover for its members.

In a press briefing to journalists in Nairobi on Monday, KMPDU Chair Samuel Oroko blasted the relevant authorities over such move terming it as repugnant.

Oroko said that it is incorrect to take such action and yet KMPDU  members contribute 1700 shillings every month for the medical cover.

This has pushed the union to demand a comprehensive insurance cover following the fact that its members risk their lives during this COVID -19 pandemic.

“NHIF has declined to renew the comprehensive civil service cover for workers under county governments.”Oroko said

 “This goes against the UHC principle of financial protection .”He added 

The KMPDU’s assertion comes in the wake of the government’s decision to commence talks with health workers union following a looming strike slated on Monday.

They also want the government to address their plight including salary delays, stagnation in promotions, poor working conditions, and inadequate protective gear.KMPDU also slammed the two levels of government by employing the blame game at the expense of the welfare of health workers.

“We have noted the continued conflict between the two levels of government. A health service commission will be the best welfare package for health workers.”Oroko said.

“The commission will address industrial disputes by standardizing implementation of public service .”He added