Man, 128, too old for NHIF computers

Photo | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION
Mzee Julius Wanyondu Gatonga, 128, cannot be covered by NHIF since the computer system recognises age from 1890, six years after he was born.

What you need to know:

  • He is deemed too old for the system, since his ID indicates he was born in 1884; the computers only accept birth dates from 1890.
  • For this reason, efforts by his family to have him covered under the NHIF hit a snag; his age is beyond the NHIF computer system, so his application to be a member was rejected due to his age.
  • Efforts to get help from the Nyeri NHIF Branch manager have hit a snag as he says he does not understand the error.

He is among the world’s oldest men, but cannot get what he needs most — medical insurance cover.

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