Sonko to sign NHIF deal targeting residents in informal settlements

Sonko said his administration will not relent in its efforts of attaining accessible and quality health services in county hospitals.

By Erick Ludeya

Poor households in Nairobi’s informal settlements will soon enroll to an easy to pay medical scheme to be unveiled by Governor Mike Sonko in partnership with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF)

The new medical scheme, once unveiled will 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 will not relent in its efforts of attaining accessible and quality 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.

The Governor also said that he is keen on implementing the report that will be released by the taskforce formed to lok into the Pumwani Hospital challenges following the recent incident involving dealth of children.

“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.

Nairobi governor Mike Sonko when he was officiating the new Kihumbuini stadium in Westlands constituency on October 5th2018. Sonko added 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/GPS

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.

The event was also attended by 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.

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