Embrace health insurance, Sanwo-Olu appeals to residents
The wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has urged residents to sign up for the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS), saying it is in the collective interest of the state and wellbeing of the people for all to join the train.
She said it costs an individual N175 weekly to access the health insurance scheme, when the N8,500 annual fee is broken down into weeks.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at the launch of Ilera Eko Day, a symbolic social campaign designed to integrate Lagos residents to the health insurance policy of the state government, said the scheme aptly signifies the commitment of the present administration towards promoting human right to health and resilient healthcare network.
She said: “Essentially, the scheme, which is administered by the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), is aimed at ensuring Lagosians have access to the needed healthcare without suffering financial hardship; close the gap between the demand for health spending and available public resources, as well as reduce the prolonged reliance on out-of-pocket spending by families across the state.”
“The evolution of this scheme identifies with the global clarion call to inclusive health make-up which is termed Universal Health Coverage. This was conceptualised to close glaring coverage gaps and meet the health targets agreed under the Sustainable Development Goals.”
She said Ilera Eko would be playing a key role in pursuing the health policy objectives of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda by expanding the coverage of the Family Health Strategy and increase the quality of health services, thereby attracting and retaining qualified health professionals.
Earlier, Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi said the launch of Ilera Eko marked a distinct milestone in the state government’s efforts to ensure the sustained access to quality and affordable healthcare to the teeming population.
He said in recognition of the economic status of many Lagosians, especially the less privileged, the state government was currently providing free health insurance to 40,000 residents.
Abayomi said the state government has also launched a crowd funding programme and installment payment plan, all geared towards providing access for residents and ramping up facilities in the state for effective and efficient healthcare.
On his part, Chairman of LASHMA Board, Dr. Adetokunbo Alakija said Ilera Eko would be celebrated annually to mark the state’s journey to 100 per cent coverage of informal sector by the state health scheme.