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Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 15:21 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The government will in the next two weeks commence registration of all elderly people aged 70 years and above so that they can be listed in the Sh2,000 government monthly cash transfer stipend programme.
While making the announcement during the International elderly abuse awareness celebrations in Nakuru town, East African affairs, labour and social development Cabinet Secretary, Phyllis Kandie said that the registration will be done at location level.
She said that local administrators will be instrumental in ensuring that no deserving elderly person is left out of the programme adding that those who were previously enlisted in the programme at the age of 65 years will not be dropped.
While reiterating that the government values the elderly, Mrs Kandie said that from next year, the government will ensure that the pilot National hospital insurance fund (NHIF) programme for the elderly is enhanced for all people from the age of 70 years.
Earlier on, some of the elderly raised concern that despite having been enlisted for the NHIF scheme they don’t access medical services in government institutions because the cards are usually in arrears.
Mrs Jane Thiga who is an officer from the department that deals with the elderly said that there are approximately Sh2 million elderly people in the country but out of these, only 310,000 elderly people have been enlisted for the monthly government cash transfer stipend programme.
She however said that the government is in the process of incorporating more financial institutions through which the elderly will be able to access the funds in order to avoid long queues.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County