- Health workers in Mombasa County are working and continue to risk their lives amid pandemic.
- More than 100 doctors and health workers complain that they do not have health insurance.
- Governor Hassan Joho said his government was looking for alternatives to providing the workers with free medical treatment.
Kenya’s Council of Governors (CoG) is seeking a motion to abolish the Senate for failing to enact the third-base revenue-sharing plan, further stating that all 47 counties would shut down on September 17 if a compromise is not found. CoG Chair and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the Senate has disappointed counties because no position remains.
In a hard-hitting statement issued Thursday, Governor Oparanya said the Senate’s inability to settle on a solution placed counties in a difficult situation, with many unable to pay health workers’ wages.
“To this end, we hereby forewarn the Senate that a petition for its dissolution can be initiated by any member of the public through the High Court as provided for under Article 258 of the Constitution,” read the statement.
It further added:
“In this regard, if the situation persists, effective Thursday, September 17, 2020 counties will have no choice but to shut down. Therefore, all county government services will not be available in the counties. Consequently, we shall release all county employees to proceed on leave until an amicable solution on the issue is reached.”
“Mombasa Health Workers Do Not Have Health Insurance”
Health workers in Mombasa County are working without health insurance and continue to risk their lives in the face of the coronavirus epidemic. This was revealed in an interview between a senate parliamentary committee on the coronavirus and associations of doctors and health workers.
Doctors revealed how their colleague, Dr. Biabu Adam, at a time she was ill and had to pay for treatment when he was admitted to a private owner’s hospital.
“The disease caused me to give birth through emergency surgery. I was shocked that my health insurance was unpaid even though I could not afford it at the time,” said Dr. Adam in a letter to health officer Dr. Khadija Shikely in July.
Following the operation, the doctor, who works at Tudor District Hospital, was asked to pay KSh 190,000. One month later he struggles to pay the bills while his colleagues continue to donate.
“He thought his health insurance would cover the cost but we found out the county had stopped paying. It is unfortunate that doctors and other health workers are dealing with this epidemic and do not have health insurance,” said the deputy secretary of the doctors’ association in the Coast branch, Dr. Niko Gichana.
This is an image that afflicts more than 100 doctors and health workers who complain that they do not have health insurance. However, the Mombasa County government defended itself, blaming the NHIF health insurance fund for refusing to provide the workers with the service.
They said the NHIF had to pay KSh 142 million before they could be given the insurance. More than 42 health workers have been infected with the virus in Mombasa County.
Governor Hassan Joho said his government was looking for alternatives to providing the workers with free medical treatment at the Coast General Hospital. “We have tried to address this issue but there are challenges,” Joho told the committee.