Minet Kenya, the administrator of the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) Medical Scheme, has announced the addition of various medical facilities under the scheme. Among those included are Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Makueni General Referral hospital in Makueni and Mwingi Level 4 Hospital in Kitui.
The Nairobi Women’s Hospital branches of Hurlingham and Adams in Nairobi and the Mombasa and Naivasha branches can now see teachers and their registered dependants for outpatient, inpatient and maternity Services on direct Basis. The Makueni and Miwingi facilities will also cover the same services on direct basis.
The move comes even as Minet moves to expand the number of onboarded government facilities under the scheme in different counties across the country. In February, Minet Kenya enlisted Nyeri County Referral hospital, Karatina General hospital and Mt. Kenya hospital as the first government hospitals under the scheme within Nyeri County offering outpatient, inpatient, specialized and dental services on direct access.
Commenting on this, Minet Kenya CEO, Mr. Sammy Muthui acknowledged the importance of a robust healthcare ecosystem for socioeconomic wellbeing.
“The current healthcare landscape calls for investment and capacity building to ensure that everyone can access quality medical services, independent of where they live. This includes teachers who are an integral part of our community and key stakeholders of the Teachers’ Medical Scheme. Over the past few years, we have seen an increased demand for specialized and additional list of services covered among teachers across the country, which has informed our move to onboard more facilities. Our aim is to see all teachers and their dependants under the scheme get access to quality healthcare anywhere they may be across the country and we will keep expanding our panel of service providers to meet this goal. We are especially keen on adding more public facilities in rural and semi urban areas to ease the burden of accessing efficient medical services for teachers in these areas. For teachers on assignment or study engagements in Tanzania, we have recently contracted Kinondoni Hospital in Dar es Salaam for outpatient and inpatient services’’
“Access to quality healthcare is a right for every citizen and the Teachers’ Medical Scheme is one of the ways that we’re partnering with the government to reduce the costs and risk brought by medical issues. We remain committed to serving teachers in this space and will keep setting up systems and structures that support their wellbeing.’’ He concluded.
In July 2020, Minet enlisted an additional 32 medical service providers under the scheme, bringing the total tally to over 500 medical facilities countrywide.
Minet Kenya has since March 2020, put in place comprehensive support programs for teachers including, launching a USSD code (*202*07#) for enquiry and introducing the
WalimuCare App, downloadable on Google Playstore, where teachers can easily access the scheme’s services. The scheme administrator also committed to covering teachers and their dependants, having laid out initiatives to ensure that teachers have access to prevention, testing and treatment of COVID-19.
The Teacher’s Medical Scheme covers over 1,036,000 lives which includes 332,000 registered teachers and their dependants countrywide.