Poor Kenyans battling Covid-19 and are enrolled with NHIF will have to shoulder the burden of treatment as the national insurer will not cater for their treatment.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and NHIF CEO Peter Kamunyo said it is expensive and unsustained for the NHIF and private insurance firms to foot the bills.
“It is not practical for NHIF and private insurance companies to cover pandemics,” Kagwe said.
The CS, however, said that the government has come in handy to subsidise and write off treatment costs for poor Kenyans unable to pay their bills.https://cdn.iframe.ly/api/iframe?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.the-star.co.ke%2Fnews%2F2020-11-11-kagwe-orders-kemsa-to-release-ppes-masks-at-current-market-price%2F&key=ce5765a69808a231f3c0cc82724515f9&v=1&app=1
The CS spoke on Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate Health Committee to respond to concerns NHIF and private insurance firms have declined to cover Covid 19 related claims.
“It would not have been financially viable for NHIF to finance the treatment of Covid-19 for the current National/Enhanced Medical Scheme members of the Fund, or a National Covid-19 response modelled under UHC, without external financing specific to the reimbursement of the pandemic related expenses, and at specific hospitals,” Kagwe said.
Doubts on COVID vaccine.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has raised doubt about the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
The CS expressed his reservations while delivering a status report to the Senate on the fight against COVID-19 in the country, saying he has “many doubts” about how the Pfizer-developed vaccine will combat the virus.
“Yesterday Pfizer said there is a vaccine but personally to tell you the truth I got my many doubts about it. they were talking about a disease that stops people from getting the virus. I would like to know how they knew in the first place that I was going to get the virus. When I have the virus and it goes down I can understand the major, but when you tell me that I stopped you from getting the virus how do you know I was going to get the virus in the first place. I have got my reservations,” said Kagwe.
The Health Cabinet Secretary’s low opinion on the vaccine, which has been hailed across the globe as a milestone in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic, seemed to have angered many Kenyans online.
Kenyans took to social media to troll Mutahi Kagwe for his point of argument and quick move to cast doubt on the groundbreaking research that sent message of hope to the world.
Pfizer Inc said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than a million people, battered the world’s economy and upended daily life.