Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Monday announced that teachers would be allowed to use their medical insurance cover for Covid-19 ailments.
TSC Secretary Dr. Nancy Macharia said a Covid-19 case reporting tool using USSD code *202*07# has been established to help teachers report to the scheme provider any suspected or confirmed Covid-19 cases to enable them to receive care and support as quickly as possible.
TSC urged its employees to continue using the code together with the 24-hour scheme helpline 1528 for help and treatment coordination for Covid-19 cases.
“Cognisant of the important role teachers are playing as we grapple with this pandemic, I wish to announce that TSC has negotiated with teachers’ medical providers, for teachers to be covered for all Covid-19 related illnesses,” said Macharia.
“Teachers must know we care for them and that we are together in fighting this pandemic. We are keeping a daily tab on all our teachers and officers.
As an employer, we know the daily status of all our employees and we will support you within our limits,” she said.
The announcement comes as a huge relief for teachers more so after the government last week announced that the NHIF would not cover medical bills for Covid-19 patients.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said it will be upon Kenyans to foot medical bills for Covid-19 related illness since NHIF cannot afford the exorbitant bill associated with the virus.
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On Monday, Dr. Macharia said teachers are the frontline soldier in the education sector and have played a critical role in managing hundreds of students who have resumed physical learning in various institutions.
“You are the frontline soldiers in the education sector, yet you keep going on without a complaint. I applaud you and you have my deepest respect,” Macharia added.