Buigiri school appeals for health insurance support

21Jan 2021
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Buigiri school appeals for health insurance support

PUPILS at Buigiri school for the blind in Chamwino District, Dodoma Region have appealed for well-wishers to support them get health insurance.

Located just outside the capital city of Dodoma, the Buigiri primary school is home to 120 pupils, about 50 students are totally blind, 11 have severe visual impairment and the others have normal vision and 14 with albinism.

Almost all of the pupils in the school, especially those with blindness come from very poor, rural families who simply cannot afford the fees for boarding and tuition.

Speaking at the school recently, school nurse, Monica Mlolele said due health complications that call for regular medical attention, the pupils highly need community health fund (CHF).

The CHF is a cheaper health insurance introduced by the government in endeavour to make health care affordable and available to the rural population and the informal sector.

Monica said they have always accessed the service through donations from well-wishers, explaining that the current period for the health fund is expiring next month.

“There is no hope of getting CHF cards after the current ones expire in February this year and we appeal to stakeholders to rescue the situation”, she said, adding with only   30,000/- six pupils can  get health insurance for a period of one year.

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