Kenyan pregnant women can access free antenatal, delivery and postnatal services in all public hospitals countrywide
- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
Kenyan pregnant women will be able access free antenatal, delivery and postnatal free care in all public hospital, some missionary and private hospitals countrywide.
Through the maternal care program called Linda Mama, Boresha Jamii, the Ministry of Health is seeking to offer quality healthcare and also reduce mortality rates, which as of 2014, had decreased to 39 deaths per 1,000 live births from 52 in 2008-09.
“Linda Mama program is a strategic effort made by the government to reduce the financial burden to families. It is also aimed at enhancing social protection to improve access to healthcare,” said Cabinet Secretary for Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu.
“Prioritizing the survival and health of women and girls requires recognition of their high value within the society and such a program is a great step towards improving access and quality of maternal, new-born and child healthcare services for all Kenyans.”
The beneficiaries of the program will also have access to other services such as screening for diseases and immunisation for the early infants, emergency health services for complications and conditions, outpatient health care for infants at treatment and child welfare clinics.
It will be rolled out in two phases running till June 2017, with the first phase giving women access to maternity services in 5,073 facilities across the country and the second phase commencing in February 2017 providing full benefits of the health services under the scheme with 6,566 health facilities providing Ante-natal Care, Delivery and Post-natal care.
Pregnant women will be required to produce their national identification card for registration or a guardian’s identification card or use antenatal care records for pregnant women under 18 years in order to accesses the services.
Registration of beneficiaries can be done through mobile phone platform by typing *263# and follow simple instructions, online registration, contracted Healthcare Providers, NHIF service centres or online portal-www.nhif.or.ke/healthinsurance/registeronline/ and huduma centres countrywide.