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Lagos to enrol 3m residents in health insurance



Lagos to enrol 3m residents in health insurance

By Oluwatope Lawanson / Florence Onuegbu

Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) has announced plans to enroll as many as three million residents in the state health insurance scheme over the next year.

LASHMA Director General Dr Emmanuella Zamba said this on Wednesday during a press briefing to announce the “Ilera Eko” grassroots awareness and registration campaign in local state councils.

Zamba said the awareness and enrollment campaign has become important because the state government understands that health is wealth.

She said that so far, 527,000 residents have been enrolled in the insurance plan and the state hopes to enroll more residents with its “pay small, small” plan, which allows for monthly payment.

According to her, 222 health facilities have been recruited to take care of the registrants.

Office of Civic Engagement Special Advisor Princess Aderemi Adebowale said health around the world remained on the government’s priority list at all levels and Lagos could not afford to be an exception.

Adebowale said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration strives to ensure that all residents of the state have access to quality, equitable and affordable health care.

She said it was regardless of their socio-cultural and economic status, towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in the state.

According to her, this forced the government to embark on the construction and renewal of health facilities across the state.

“It has also necessitated the continued launch and promotion of various intervention programs that include Lagos State Health Insurance Schemes, also known as ILERA EKO,” she said.

Adebowale said that LASHMA, in collaboration with the Civic Engagement Office, has started vigorous grassroots outreach on the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme (Ilera Eko) in the 20 local government areas of the state.

The special adviser said the aim was to promote the Ilera Eko health plan, as well as increase the enrollment of Lagos residents in the program.

Source: NAN

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