M-Tiba -a mobile wallet product that aims at enabling users set aside funds for medical purposes has unveiled a text message service that will aid security personnel verify healthcare workers attached to Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) that has over 75, organizations in the health sector under its umbrella. M-Tiba which can be accessed via a USSD code *253#, allows for seamless transfer of funds from MPESA and the funds can only be used for medical purposes.
Speaking on the launch, Kenya Healthcare Federation CEO Dr. Anastasia Nyalita said the innovation will aid members to continue working under current conditions and even after most restrictions have been flexed.
How to verify health workers attached to Kenya Healthcare Federation
To verify, Security agencies need only to send a free SMS with an ID number of the healthcare worker to 20253, after which, they’ll receive a confirmation message from M-TIBA authenticating the ID – and vehicle registration details, when available.
In excess of 2,000 staff of KHF member organizations have already been admitted on the platform pilot and a further 2,000 healthcare workers are expected to register in the coming weeks.
Nyalita further added that several efforts had been directed towards curbing the current situation with a goal to simultaneously support and maintain the availability of essential workers, medications, equipment, and supplies. She also acknowledged that the partnership between the two organizations will eventually help members as well as the security services to smoothen the flow of essential services at this critical time.
M-Tiba has been steadfast in embracing technology having unveiled a product that would allow members lock certain amount of their income specifically for medical purposes. Kenyans have faced severe economic times that prevented most of them from setting aside part of their income for medical purposes.
Speaking on the launch of the SMS verification platform, M-Tiba’s parent company CarePay Kenya’s CEO Moses Kuria said the firm was continuing to work with healthcare providers and insurers to find new ways to use the platform to ensure the safe and uninterrupted provision of healthcare and supplies