Augustine Kuta is a happy man after undergoing an insurance-covered knee surgery that would have cost hundreds of thousands had he not enrolled for a cover with his current station Western Stima FC. Kuta, roped in at the start of the season by the Kisumu side in a bid to boost their midfield options, suffered a meniscus tear on his right knee and has been out for as long as the 2019-20 season has been running.
On Friday 13th, he underwent the surgery at Coptic Mission Hospital in Nairobi and will be out for at least three months with rehab. He is grateful past rectifying his knee.
”I would love to appreciate my employers Western Stima for the support they have accorded me since I suffered the injury. I would love other clubs to emulate Stima on ensuring their players have medical covers to aid in settling hospital bills,” Kuta tells Soka on a phone interview.
It would be difficult for the average Kenyan Premier League footballer to raise half a million in the event of such an injury. In his case, for instance, the hospital had billed him Ksh 200,000 and was taken care of by his employers’ medical cover which covers up to Ksh 250,000. As one with an additional National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover, he did not part with a cent.
”A knee surgery would cost ksh350,000 to ksh450,000 which is a large sum for a player to raise, With the insurance cover I was able to settle my bill with ease and now ready for recovery,” he continues.
Stima as club has had a fantastic run in the opening half of the 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season winning 7 of 14 matches and currently sit 2nd on the 18-team KPL log. Kuta says they have been helpful as a team and looks forward to making the most of the support when he returns from injury.
”I would love to thank the team as a whole from the management down to the Technical bench and players for standing with me through these tough times and I hope to bounce back soon and repay their faith in me,” concludes Kuta.
The domestic league has seen quite a number of players head for surgeries in recent times with Gor Mahia duo of Shafik Batambuze and Philemon Otieno prime casualties. At Posta Rangers, captain Joackins Atudo and Cavine Odongo also faced the surgeon’s knife midway through September.
Wazito’s Teddy Osok and Posta’s Michael Luvutsi are another two to have undergone successful surgeries.
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