The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has urged residents to sign up for the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS), adding that it is in the interest of the state’s and people’s well being to do so.
She revealed that it costs a person N175 each week to use the health insurance system when the N8,500 annual charge is broken down into weeks.
Sanwo-Olu, speaking at the launch of Ilera Eko Day, a symbolic social campaign aimed at integrating Lagos residents into the state government’s health insurance policy, stated that the scheme aptly represents the current administration’s commitment to promoting human right to health and resilient healthcare networks.
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.”
According to her, Ilera Eko would play a crucial part in achieving the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda’s health policy goals by increasing the Family Health Strategy’s coverage and improving the quality of health services, and as a result, attract and maintain talented health professionals.
While speaking earlier, Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the introduction of Ilera Eko was a significant step forward in the state government’s efforts to ensuring that the teeming population had access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.
He added that the state government was currently giving free health insurance to 40,000 citizens in consideration of the economic position of many Lagosians, particularly the less fortunate.
According to Abayomi, the state administration has also developed a crowd fundraising initiative and an installment payment plan, all aimed at providing residents with access to healthcare and expanding the state’s facilities for effective and efficient care.
Also Dr. Adetokunbo Alakija, Chairman of the LASHMA Board, mentioned that Ilera Eko would be held annually to commemorate the state’s journey to 100% coverage of the informal sector by the state health system.