E********n plan rescues thousands of accident victims, says NHIF boss

Tuesday, December 20th, 2022 09:20 | By
Evacuation plan rescues thousands of accident victims, says NHIF boss
National Hospital Insurance Fund headquarters on Ngong Road, Nairobi. Photo/PD/FILE

More than 50,000 Kenyans have been rescued from fatal road crashes since 2014, courtesy of a partnership between Emergency Plus (Eplus) services and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

Details show the thousands who could have died were attended to and evacuated to hospitals for emergency care.

Fund chief executive Peter Kamunyo said the partnership has enabled the poor to benefit from a round-the-clock service. He said road evacuations for emergency care, stabilisation on site and provision of high-quality pre-hospital care on transit have saved many lines.

“The partnership has seen transportation of sick NHIF members and their dependants for treatment to accredited facilities,” he said recently.

Fully-equipped ambulances and crew have been made available across the country with the nearest available ambulance dispatched to emergency locations based on membership validity.

The nearest available ambulance, according to Kamunyo, shall be dispatched to the site after validating membership.

“These are some of the new services NHIF has been adding to the medical scheme,” he said recently when he hosted the National Assembly Health Committee. The beneficiaries of the contract include all active NHIF members.

Boniface Barasa, a resident of Nairobi is a living testimony of the emergency evacuation services. “I will live to remember the day I nearly lost my life, but thanks to E-Plus, which rescued me when I crashed,” he told People Daily.

On the fateful day, Barasa was riding his motorbike on Mombasa Road when he lost control of it, veering off the road, and fractured his leg.

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