Statistics from teachers medical scheme show that Nairobi had the highest number of hospital visits and consultations in the last five years.

Data from Minet Kenya indicates that there were 911,652 visits in Nairobi as teachers sought medical services for various reasons.

These visits include in-patient, out-patient, maternity, optical and dental. “In Nairobi, out-patient recorded the highest numbers at 799,298 followed by in-patient with 36,630, optical (40,170), dental (26,403) while maternity coverage stood at 9,152,” the data.

Uasin Gishu follows closely with 568,194, then Bungoma (496,899), Nakuru and Meru with 476,052 and 438428 visits respectively.

Other counties with high visits are Kisumu, Kakamega, Kisii, Nyeri, Embu, Kiambu Migori and Mombasa.

The lowest number of visits was recorded in Wajir, Turkana, Isiolo, Tana River, Mandera, Samburu and Marsabit in that order.

The data shows there were 11,637 visits in Wajir, 15,259 in Turkana while Isiolo, Tana River and Mandera had 23,053, 23,299 and 26,125 visits respectively.

Similarly, data has also shown that over 1.1 million people, including teachers, spouses and children, are covered under the medical scheme.

Kakamega has the highest number of members covered at 55,120 followed by Bungoma with 50,337, Nakuru (45,055), Kitui (42,114), Meru, Kisii and Kiambu with 41433, 41,232 and 35,934 respectively.

Lowest numbers of those covered were in Garissa with 3,747 followed by Wajir with 4,110 and Lamu with 4,195.

Minet Kenya  says there should be no limitation in the number of visits a teacher can access medical care in approved health facilities.

Minet Kenya chief executive Sammy Muthui last month regretted that some service providers have misinterpreted the seven-day rule concept to frustrate teachers then the insurer is accused of mishandling them.

“We like the truth and own up when there are problems and try to solve them. Under the seven-day rule, there is no limitation to treatment,” he said.

Minet Kenya was contracted by the Teachers Service Commission to manage the medical scheme since 2015.

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