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He is among the world’s oldest men, but cannot get what he needs most — medical insurance cover.
Computers are frustrating Mzee Julius Wanyondu Gatonga’s efforts at getting the cover under the National Hospital Insurance Fund.
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.
Oldest living person, American Besse Cooper, celebrates her 116th birthday
According to Guinness World Records, Besse Cooper, of Monroe, Ga., is only the eighth person to ever reach the age of 116. She was born in the same year as writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.
There are countless reasons to get rejected for insurance coverage, but being too old is a new one. Mzee Julius Wayondu Gatonga says he's 128 years old -- and Kenya's National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has a serious problem with that, since the fund's computer system only accepts birth dates as far back as 1890. We have issues with it too, if only because the "official" oldest living person celebrated her Guinness-approved 116th birthday this week. Mzee Wayondu's age is unverified, hence he, sadly, doesn't even get a mention on Wikipedia's "Oldest People" page. In any case, NHIF says it can't fix the problem, but we hope they find a way to fix it fast -- Wayondu might not be 128, but he sure looks old.