The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has issued a statement assuring the public that the Linda Mama program is still active, despite false reports circulated on social media claiming that the program has been discontinued. The Linda Mama program, which was launched in 2017, aims to reduce maternal and child deaths and provide financial support to mothers during pregnancy and childbirth by offering a one-year cover for antenatal visits, childbirth, postnatal care, and vaccines for their child.
NHIF has urged the public to ignore these false reports and assured them that the program is still in operation, benefiting over 6 million mothers since its inception. The statement comes just a few days after the newly appointed NHIF Board Chairman, Eng. Michael Kamau, called on Kenyans to pay their monthly contributions on time in order to access timely healthcare services.
Under the Linda Mama program, expectant mothers are provided with access to skilled birth attendants and are able to receive coverage for four antenatal visits, normal or Caesarean section delivery, three postnatal care visits, and vaccines for their child. The program aims to encourage mothers to seek out the services of skilled birth attendants and alleviate the financial burden of medical bills during pregnancy and childbirth.
NHIF is committed to providing accessible, affordable, sustainable, equitable, and quality health insurance to meet the needs of all Kenyans. As the Board Chairman, Eng. Kamau has emphasized the importance of an active health insurance cover in protecting individuals and their families against unforeseen health emergencies and existing conditions. He has also assured the public that the NHIF Board is dedicated to delivering seamless, quality services while safeguarding their money and health.