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Ruto to launch free BodaCare to empower riders

Ruto set to roll out free medical cover (BodaCare) in empowerment program targeting 200,000 riders.

President William Ruto will on Monday preside over the launch of capacity building and empowerment programme for boda boda riders and one-year free medical cover.

The National Health Insurance Fund, the Ministries of Health and Transportation, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), Kenya Roads Board, and St. John’s Ambulance will all work together to put on the event at KICC.

The program, called “Boda Boda Care,” is aimed at 200,000 riders who have complied with NTSA rules and will be given first aid training by St. Johns Ambulance.

The empowerment and capacity-building programme follows the government’s Boda Boda reforms in 2022.

The goal is to make sure that boda boda riders across the country abide by the rules and laws outlined by NTSA.

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As the nation works toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), it also seeks to enlist boda boda riders and train them to be first responders in the event of an accident.

A report released in 2022 and handed to the interior ministry on the business showed up to 60 per cent of the 2.4 million riders in the country are not insured.

More than 70 per cent of them are not trained on how to ride motorcycles apart from the brief sessions they receive in estates and homes.

The sector has witnessed several crackdowns on boda boda riders accused of committing crimes in urban areas.

There have been concerns about increased attacks and robberies by people on motorcycles in many parts of the country.

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