Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has called on county governments to emulate the tactic being used by Kajiado governor Joseph Ole Lenku to mobilise more people to register for NHIF. The governor on Tuesday unveiled a programme that targets goat farmers and the aim is to have them offer one goat in exchange for enhanced NHIF registration.

The program is dubbed Mbuzi Moja Afya bora initiative and targets to have over 17,000 families covered. The Maasai community in Kajiado and Narok counties are known for their ability to rear goats in their hundreds and sometimes in thousands.

With one goat selling at Sh 3000 now, this means that the farmers will not only be registering but will have paid for extra months in advance.

According to Kagwe,more inventive ways of ensuring more Kenyans are welcomed. While unveiling the programme,Lenku said that it is part of his administration’s long term plan towards Universal Health Coverage. So far, he has issued NHIF cards to beneficiaries in Isinet, Imbirikani/ Eselenkei Ward, Kajiado South, where hundreds of residents walked home assured of quality health.

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