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Civil servants enlightened on new NHIF cover

Civil Servants and National Youth Service should purpose to understand comprehensive Group Life, Last Expense, Work Injury Benefits and Group Personal Accident cover as administered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund.

A national NHIF team during their sensitisation forum at CDF Hall, Lugari Constituency noted that civil servants do not understand other benefits provided by the scheme, apart from the medical cover.

They insisted that the government through NHIF scheme had ensured Civil Servants and the National Youth Service get to understand the provisions of the Group Life, Last Expense, Work Injury Benefits and Group Personal Accident covers in the course of their service.

The team led by Rebbeca Okumu told Civil Servants from Lugari, Matete and Likuyani Sub-Counties that they discovered most civil servants did not understand what the covers can do for them, when the unfortunate befalls them.

Okumu pointed out that provisions of the cover for instance Work Injury Benefits Act should be properly understood by the civil servants so that they are guided accordingly, when seeking for compensation.

She said they were on sensitisation campaign to ensure Civil Servants and National Youth Service understand the four covers and that the services had been rolled down to all regions, across the country.

Speaking during the official opening of a one day NHIF sensitisation forum, Lugari Deputy County Commissioner Moses Gicharu thanked the National NHIF team for their effort to bring the new cover apart from the common medical scheme.

Gicharu agreed that most civil servants were ignorant of the new NHIF covers and it was an opportunity for the officers to ask all the questions pertaining the same and even areas on medical scheme.

“Some civil servants and their dependants have suffered immensely because they were ignorant on what NHIF covers can do for them when they were at the lowest point in their lives,” Gicharu said.

NHIF is administering the cover to the civil servants and National Youth Service under guidance of an inter-agency oversight committee drawing membership from the National Treasury and Planning, Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health, Insurance Regulatory and the office of Attorney General.

 By Geoffrey Satia

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