May 28, 2022

NHIF to Compensate Injured Civil Servants

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The National Health Insurance Fund, NHIF Kericho branch has stepped up its training programme on Comprehensive group life, Work Injury Benefits Act (WIBA) and Group personal accidents (GPA) insurance covers for Civil Servants and National youth service in Kericho County.

The Kericho NHIF branch manager Mr Geoffrey Kirui said that most of the Civil servants and the national youth service officers were not aware of the existence of Work Injury Benefits Act WIBA and Group Personal Accidents GPA insurance covers.

While addressing civil servants from six sub counties in Kericho Wednesday at a Kericho hotel, Kirui emphasised on the need to cascade the messages to other civil servants in the County in a bid to create more awareness about the two health covers being provided by the NHIF.

Kirui said that GPA is compensated to a member when they suffer an accident that is not work-related. For permanent total disability, the beneficiary shall be compensated a proportional lump sum benefit of eight (8) times the annual basic salary of the member.

He said that for temporary disability, a member shall be compensated through a periodical payment (loss of income) equivalent to their salary for a period that does not exceed twelve months (12) months.

The officer said that under the Work Injury Benefits Act (WIBA), any employee who sustains Accidents that arise out or while in employment is eligible for compensation. “If one gets a disease, gets accidents while in employers’ vehicles or while deployed outside Kenya and involved in an accident will be compensated for the injury,” he said.

Kericho County Commissioner Mr Karungo Kamau has appealed to Civil servants to ensure that their membership is up to date to avoid failing to benefit from the scheme should they get involved in an accident and need to be compensated.

Karungo also urged the civil servants to appraise themselves on what they expect to benefit from the NHIF as most civil servants are not aware of the many benefits contained in NHIF either than only meeting their medical needs.

He at the same time cautioned public servants against misuse of their contributory scheme by meeting the medical expenses of those members who are not directly related to the individual contributors.

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