NAIROBI, KENYA: The Council of Governors is breathing fire over the ongoing NHIF registration by the national government.
Through a statement by its Chair Wycliffe Oparanya, COG says the ministry of health has overstepped its mandate conducting the process without proper consultation. Oparanya argues that the delivery of healthcare is a concurrent function, with a majority of the services provided by the county governments.
“It follows therefore that NHIF registration cannot be done in the Counties without consultation with County Governments. Such an important process can only be undertaken once the two levels of government have discussed and agreed on the modalities for delivery of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).”
“Of importance to note also is that NHIF is an agent of delivering health services and it is a shared institution serving both levels of government. NHIF cannot proceed to implement any health programs in the Counties without consultation with County Governments.”
He called upon the ministry of health to stop the ongoing NHIF registration until the matter has been discussed between the Ministry and the Council of Governors.