Elderly Mwingi residents forced to trek for over 40 kilometers to register for NHIF


In line with the government’s big 4 agenda to achieve affordable health care, a programme to ensure the elderly and needy in the society register for National Hospital Insurance

Fund,NHIF has kicked off in most parts of Kitui.
Rose Mary Mburugo, an officer working with NHIF urged locals to turn out in large numbers to register for the biometric exercise.

“Those who had initially registered for the card can continue paying for the services while those who haven’t should come out as well wait for the government’s director on who it will pay the fee for,” she said.

However, elderly men and women from remote parts of Mwingi in Kitui county are forced to trek long distances to register for NHIF biometric system.

Kalonzo Kalua, a 73-year-old man from Tulanduli village said the first day they were told by local administration to go for NHIF registration in Kyuso where he was forced to walk for over 40 kilometers from his village to Kyuso market.

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They waited for an entire day but only to later be told that the services had been moved to Kamuwongo market, over thirty kilometers away.

Kalonzo pleaded with the government to bring the services closer to their homes to reduce the strain.

“Most of us are too old, weak and very vulnerable to even afford the transportation amid the looming drought,”he said.

Daniel Musyoka, another resident who had accompanied his 89-year-old mother said that the county government should organize a means of transport to ferry the elderly from their home villages to where the registration is taking place as others are sick and too old to walk.

“If our local leaders would organize means of transportation to the registration cents, it would be easier as most old person’s cannot walk all these kilometers to access this service,” he said.

He added that the initiative is very okay but conducted in a manner that not everyone especially the target audience will benefit.

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