CS, Susan Nakhumicha suspended the branch managers of National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) on Monday after discovery of defrauding Kenyans.
This suspension took place after NTV exposed the individuals pretending to be healthcare providers with NHIF company yet they were involved in fraudulent activities.
This particular exposure was able to reveal the malpractices to have affected people who reside in Meru and Nairobi by making false promises to reduce the bad effects of arthritis.
As a result, the CS, Nakhumicha has instructed the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council, as well as the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, to begin conducting investigations to look deep into the issue.
The main target is to identify any kind of malpractices that might have been performed and the individuals responsible for it.
“This proactive step demonstrates the commitment of the Ministry of Health to uphold transparency and accountability within the healthcare sector.”Susan said.
Susan also directed the NHIF board to begin investigation into the fraudulent activities that was reported and give feedback by Wednesday.
She also confirmed that they will conduct an audit on all the NHIF staff members
“This is therefore to ensure that each member of staff can explain their wealth portfolio in consistence with their earnings.”Nakhumicha said.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) have also been informed about the investigations taking place and they will conduct an in-depth examination into the fraud activities.
The Cabinet Secretary has instructed the affected hospitals in Meru and Nairobi to switch to move their patients to alternative facilities for safety purposes and uninterrupted care.
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