November 21st 2017

Society / Health & Science

Nyerians aged 70 and above to benefit from cash and free NHIF medical cover

Inua Jamii programme will be enabling the old grannies to receive money from the government after every month. The programme has in the past been engulfed in controversy with allegations that some people are receiving money on behalf of the old aged.

By Mary Muthonimmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 07 Jul 2017 11:41 EAT

A programme has been launched in Nyeri County to short-list those aged 70 and above to benefit under the programme known as Inua Jamii.

The event was launched at Mweiga field in Kieni, Sub County on Thursday and the persons under the said age blanket from the County are meant to benefit from Jubilee government initiative.

Inua Jamii programme will be enabling the old grannies to receive money from the government after every month. The programme has in the past been engulfed in controversy with allegations that some people are receiving money on behalf of the old aged.

The matter was raised to the president Uhuru Kenyatta who gave a warning and ordered all old persons above 70 years be identified and listed as beneficiaries of the initiative.

All old persons in the County are required to apply in Inua Jamii programme and at the same time are supposed to apply in the (National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). This is meant to have the old people get free treatment through NHIF.

More than 1700 old people in Nyeri County who have already reached 70 years and above are expected to apply and join the programme for a better tomorrow. There were sacks of maize whereby the old persons benefited from during the occasion.

Kieni Member of Parliament who is defending his seat on Jubilee ticket Kanini Kega, and Ngunjiri Wambugu who is vying for Member of Parliament position for Nyeri town after defeating the incumbent Member of Parliament Esther Murugi were present when the programme was being launched. The two campaigned for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in August polls.

The programme is expected to spread in all counties in Kenya till the end of this month.

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