The life of Aaron Maina from Oloolaiser High School took an unexpected turn on August 26 after he was hit by a matatu on his way home from church in Kiambu.
Maina, a form four student was left fighting for his life on the road as the PSV driver sped off, this was just two days before he was expected to report back to school.
Locals acted fast and admitted him to a local hospital for specialised treatment as he had lost a lot of blood and had a severe head injury.
“He had to undergo hours of brain surgery and stayed in ICU and HDU for a while at the hospital where he is still receiving excellent care,” stated one of his teachers.
A photo of the administration block at Oloolaiser Boys National School in Ngong
As of Monday, September 18, his bill has risen to Ksh3 million, an amount the family is unable to raise.
Reportedly, the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) has only offered to pay Ksh2,000 per day for the bed fee despite Maina being covered by Edu Afya.
Edu Afya is a comprehensive medical scheme for all public secondary students covering all students captured under the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) and registered with NHIF.
Kenyans led by the founder of Affecto Foundation Ndungu Nyoro have appealed to the fund to cater to the student’s treatment and to allow him to be able to sit for his KCSE exams scheduled for October.
Accordng to reports, the student was not admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Trinity, or the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital as required by NHIF.
“Dear NHIF, I am writing this letter to appeal to you to consider clearing his hospital bill. This way his family will be left with the burden of supporting his everyday needs,” Nyoro stated.
Staff at the school revealed that all efforts to explain the matter was an emergency have been futile with NHIF insisting the policy must be followed.
Maina is currently out of the ICU but can barely talk all he does is nod.
His parents, school, and friends are worried whether he will fully recover and sit for his first Computer paper slated for October 3.
“We thank God for Aaron’s recovery. We may not know how long it will take for him to talk or walk,” Nyoro added.
Besides footing the bill, the family and th school have called upon th public especially the passengers of the said vehicle to help identify the rogue driver that caused the accident.
Different matatu saccos along Ronald Ngala Street majorly occupied by matatus heading to Umoja Estate in Eastlands in August 2019.