By Moshi Shabani
Tanzania Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu suggested an installment payment to child health insurance to allow parents and guardians affording paying on a three-monthly basis rather than in full amount of 50,400 at once.
Mwalimu’s suggestion came at the launching of child health insurance scheme dubbed “Toto Afya Kadi” offered by National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) held at Mnazi Mmoja Grounds in Dar es Salaam today.
“Most Tanzanians can’t afford to pay full installment of 50,400 at a time, creating good environment of paying the fee between three and four times per year ‘for three months’ will make them respond to the service and register their children and improve their health,” she said.
She also ordered the NHIF do the possible to launch another health insurance scheme dubbed “Mama na Mwana Afya Kadi” by December this year, which will be affordable and allow pregnant woman to be treated by using the insurance.
For his part, NHIF Acting Director General Bernard Konga said at least 50,000 children have been enrolled for the “Toto Afya Kadi” in Dar es Salaam until today.
Konga said the fund’s plan is to register 50 percent of all children in Tanzania by 2050. The registration exercise will be done through various campaigns, including reaching door to door, at the market, mosque and churches.
NHIF Board Director Anna Makinda assured to work on the Minister Mwalimu’s directives; she wanted Tanzanian to register for health insurance knowing that insurance helps even by the time somebody is facing financial constraints.
“I would like to congratulate Dar es Salaam based private hospitals for paying health insurance cards for 220 children from vulnerable family; the hospitals are TMJ Hospital (100 cards) and Regency Hospital (120 cards).
Neema Mbasha is one of the citizen who turned up to the event and register her child for the health insurance. “Thanks to the NHIF, I will use this Toto Afya Kadi to take my child for medical screening,” she said.