The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) yesterday confirmed that teachers and their dependants are now free to be treated for Covid-19 and any other health complications under Minet medical scheme after agreement with the medical insurer.
The medical insurance will cover all 328,000 teachers in primary and secondary schools
“In line with this, the Minet Kenya-led Consortium in conjunction with TSC has been and will continue to support government’s efforts to combat Covid-19 by ensuring that any scheme member diagnosed with Covid-19 and exhibits symptoms, is able to access medical treatment at the designated scheme medical facilities,” said the TSC’s Boss Nancy Macharia.
The deal seem good for teachers and have every reason to rejoice. Many insurance companies had abandoned their clients by refusing to pay for treatment of the virus.
Macharia, in addition to accessing the service, said other mitigation measures have been put in place in an effort to support teachers and their dependents and to reduce risk of contracting the virus.
The introduction USSD tool
AON-MINET have introduced a Covid-19 incidence reporting USSD tool *202*07# for teachers and their dependents and mental health and psychosocial support tele-counselling toll-free line 0800720029
Other measures include delivering drugs to registered chronic patients, distribution of hand sanitizers to members and utilizing the option of OTP (One Time PIN) identification to avoid contact and likely infection through the use of biometric fingerprint readers.
Introduction of facial and eye recognition
Introduction of facial and eye recognition for identification is on course for rollout in the next two months
AON-Minet Medical scheme
Under the scheme, teachers have their inpatient medical benefits raised to Sh750,000 for those under the lowest job group G (or B5) to a maximum of Sh2.5 million for highest paid staff under job group R (or D4).
Overall, some 1,006,673 beneficiaries are registered under the scheme. Of these are about 313,333 principal members and 178,272 listed as spouses. A total 515,068 children have also been listed as beneficiaries under the scheme. The teachers can also get medical treatment while in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Tanzania.
TSC’s CEO Nancy Macharia has called upon teachers to take Ministry of Health preventive measures seriously, including regular hand washing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, wearing face masks and keeping social distancing, at all times.