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Nairobi County to partner with NHIF to cover the poor

Sonko addressing Kangemi residents when launched the new Kihumbuini stadium in Westlands Constituency. Photo/NCC.

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 6 – The Nairobi City County Government is set to partner with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to cover poor households.

Governor Mike Sonko has announced that his administration will unveil the new medical scheme soon to cushion vulnerable groups in the city to ensure they get quality and free medical services in county hospitals.

Speaking on Friday during the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the new Kihumbuini Stadium in Kangemi, Westlands Constituency, Sonko said his administration is determined to ensure city residents access quality and affordable health services in county hospitals.

“My administration will partner with NHIF to ensure quality and affordable healthcare services are offered in our county hospitals. I want us to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda by offering accessible healthcare to the public,” said Sonko.

Sonko has also announced that plans to transform Pumwani maternity hospital are on course. The Governor has said his administration will fully implement a task force report that was formed after the recent discovery of twelve bodies of infants at the hospital.

He added that his government will continue with plans to modernize Pumwani Maternity Hospital to ensure improved maternal care to mothers.

“We have developed a modernized plan for Pumwani Maternity Hospital. The sad cases high maternal mortality deaths must come to an end. After the project is completed Nairobians will enjoy quality healthcare at the facility and I also want my family members to seek for medical services in our county hospitals,” stated the Governor.

The Governor has however allayed fears that Pumwani Maternity Hospital will be privatized after he recently announced a partnership deal for Pumwani Hospital with Aga Khan and Nairobi West Hospitals. The Governor also promised that construction of the Kihumbuini stadium will meet international standards.

“We are constructing four new stadiums in Nairobi as promised during my campaigns. Already the new Dandora stadium is near completion and will be officially opened in December 2018. Construction of the other two Jacaranda and Woodley stadiums will commence soon,” he added.

Education, Sports and Youth CEC Janet Ouko promised that the construction of the four modern stadiums in Nairobi will be completed in the next one year. Ouko also assured the youth that they’ll be considered by the contractors when hiring construction workers.

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The event was also attended by several MCAs among them Kangemi Ward representative Paul Shem Shilaho.

Shilaho lauded Sonko’s development record saying Kangemi Ward has been a major beneficiary during the last one year under the Sonko administration.

“We thank you for allocating funds to construct the new Kihumbuini Stadium. Kangemi residents will never forget you once this mega project is completed. Just recently we benefitted from the Kangemi Recreational Park which was converted from a dumpsite,” he said.

Meanwhile Sonko has assured small scale traders in the city that the County Government will set up modern stalls for their businesses. The Governor has however warned county officials against demolishing trader shops in the ongoing Nairobi regeneration programme.

“No one will demolish houses informal settlements until we come up with the construction of affordable houses for the poor. But my administration will not spare houses built on road reserves and riparian land,” added the county boss.


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