Beneficiaries of the Universal Health Care program initiated by the Murang'a County Government will enjoy free medical services after receiving their insurance cards.
The county government has started issuing cards to the 20,000 listed beneficiaries in the Kang'ata Care program.
Speaking during the distribution of the cards in Murang'a, Governor Irungu Kang'ata said the beneficiaries will enjoy in and outpatient services in all public hospitals across the country.
He said the priority has been given to the vulnerable people in society to help lift the burden of medical bills off their shoulders.
"This is a very crucial program especially for the people with terminal illnesses because they will not be paying for the medical services each time they visit the hospital," the governor remarked.
"With an estimation of five people per household, we expect that the program will cover at least 100,000 residents," he added.
He said the program is part of his health agenda to ensure the residents get access to quality medical care.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to the media lauded the governor's move stating that it will enable them to visit the hospital without bothering about their financial situation.
Teresia Wairimu, one of the beneficiaries, expressed gratitude stating that she has been struggling to raise money to take her son who has down syndrome to therapy and check-up clinics at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) since she is required to pay not less than Ksh5,000 and largely relies on well-wishers for donations.
"I am glad that I will now be able to take my son to the hospital for a medical check-up and we continue with the therapy," she said.