Lagos moves to capture grassroots in health insurance scheme

The Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Lagos State, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, has said the state is poised to ensure every resident gets access to quality, equitable and affordable healthcare, regardless of his or her socio-cultural and economic status.

She said the move is aimed towards attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Adebowale disclosed this during the grassroots sensitisation programme on ‘Ilera Eko’, held at Agege, Alimosho and Ifako-Ijaiye.

The special adviser said the state is also poised to promote the Ilera Eko Health plan and scale up grassroots enrolment of Lagos residents on the scheme.

“All around the globe, health remains on the priority list of every government at all levels. Therefore, our dear state cannot afford to be an exception. A healthy nation, it is said, is a wealthy nation.

“This has necessitated the government embarking on building and renewal of health facilities all around the state and continuous initiation and promotion of various intervention programmes, which include the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme also known as Ilera Eko,” she said.

Adebowale said healthcare is expensive, as most people can’t pay for all their health care out-of-pocket. She noted that the health insurance will make it easier for people to pay health care bills and get the care they need.

She said health insurance is the practice in many developed countries today. She said with the sensitisation campaign, more people would be encouraged to embrace the insurance policy facilitated by the administration.

“The Office of Civic Engagement, as part of its mandates to interface between government and the citizens of Lagos State, is therefore in collaboration with the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the scheme in organising this sensitisation,” she added.