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KENYA:Details of prisons officers Sh4 billion health plan

October 2017 Thestandard; More than 122,000 police officers, their spouses and children will from today enjoy Sh4.5 billion comprehensive medical cover under the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). Up to five children and one spouse of the employees of National Police Service and Kenya Prison Service will be covered under the …

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KENYA: UN pledges to curb sale and use of mercury

September 2017 Dailynation; The international community has pledged to curb proliferation of mercury by banning new mining and closing existing mines. This came even as Kenya was accused of being the main supply hub for mercury, secretly used in artisanal and small-scale gold mining or ASGM in east and central …

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KENYA:Mobile clinics firm wants Sh200m from Afya House

September 2017 BusinessDaily; Estama Investments, the company at the centre of the Sh800 million mobile clinics scandal, is demanding an additional Sh200 million from the Ministry of Health as payment for the last consignment of portable health clinics it supplied under a deal that was questioned in a 2016 audit report.  …

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KENYA: Governors vow to dismiss all striking nurses

September 2017 Dailynation; The Council of Governors has maintained that county bosses will sack all nurses who have not resumed duty and advertise their positions. The CoG has described the nurses’ strike as illegal and unprotected. In a statement issued Sunday, CoG chairman Josphat Nanok said the Employment and Labour …

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KENYA: Woman rushed to Tanzania for treatment dies

September 2017 Dailynation; A 43-year-old woman who sought treatment in Tanzania for pregnancy-related complications as a result of the Kenyan nurses’ strike died Wednesday. Ms Josephine Chole, from Taita- Taveta County, died as she waited to be admitted to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. She was eight months pregnant. “She had …

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KENYA: Half of Kenya’s medical insurers post 2016 losses

September 2017 Businessdaily; More than half of Kenya’s 32 medical insurance firms recorded losses totalling Sh621.64 million last year due to the high cost of healthcare and undercutting of premiums by some insurers, data by the industry regulator showed. The Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) said 20 out of 32 medical …

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KENYA:Main services to require NHIF nod in fraud curb bid

September 2017 BusinessDaily; Hospitals will now have to send a pre-authorisation request for specialised services to the national health insurer through an online platform rolled out to curb fraud, before conducting any procedure on a patient. National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) chief executive officer Geoffrey Mwangi said this will help the …

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KENYA:Pupil, new mothers hit hard by nurses’ strike

September 2017 Dailynation; A Class Eight pupil in a Kisii school is among eight women forced into a congested ward at Christa Marriane Hospital because they have nowhere else to go. Speaking to the Sunday Nation, the pupil, who is scheduled to sit the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination, burst …

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KENYA:NHIF halts payments, accuses centres of theft

September 2017 BusinessDaily; The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has stopped settling diagnostic test bills from hundreds of private service providers it accuses of making fraudulent claims. NHIF said the decision was informed by the realization that the facilities have been making claims for services not rendered, thereby raising the level …

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