The Lagos State Government through the office of the Civic Engagement has taken the enrolment of the newly relaunched ‘Ilera Eko’ a health Insurance scheme to Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government in a bid to create more awareness.
The health plan which was relaunched last year under the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme, is geared towards the provision of adequate health care for Lagosians.
The health scheme which train touched down at Ajeromi Ifelodun was anchored by the Office of Civic Engagement headed by the Special Adviser to the governor ,Princess Aderemi Adebowale
Princess Adebowale, used the opportunity to remind the residents of the local government about the importance of health and why everyone should enroll on the Ilera Eko Scheme.
“As you are very familiar with, the 2nd pillar in the developmental plan of the administration of Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, as encapsulated in the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda is on health and the environment”.
“All around the globe, health remains on the priority list of every government at all levels and therefore our dear State cannot afford to be an exception.” A healthy nation, it is said, is a wealthy nation”. She said.
Princess Adebowale promised the sensitization will go to all the 20 local governments while enjoining the people to own the programme with a view to making it successful.
She also stressed that the present administration is focused on ensuring that residents have access to affordable, quality and equitable healthcare irrespective of their socio-cultural and economic status, towards attaining Universal Health Coverage in the State,
“This sensitization, would go to all the 20 LGAsand this is the 12th Local Government we are visiting today. This programme is to encourage more people, especially at the grassroots, to embrace the insurance policy facilitated by this administration. The intention is to deliver this Lagos State health insurance scheme to the citizens and for the people to own the programme with a view to making it resoundingly successful”
Also speaking, the General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency, Emmanuella Zamba, who was represented by the Head Development explained that the health insurance plan can help families get adequate access to health care with a payment of N40,000 annually, while individuals will pay N8,500
He however said in consideration of the economic situation in the country, the Agency has also introduced ‘Ilera Eko Pay Small Small’, whereby installment payment of N3,000 or N10,500 can be paid once, an individual or family of six can have access to healthcare for three months and with the timely payment of the same amount every quarter or N1,000 monthly or N3,500 monthly, individuals or family will enjoy Ilera Eko at any hospital of their choice under the Lagos State Health Scheme.”
Present at the event were the Vice chairman of Ajeromi Ifelodun LG Lucky O. Uduikhue who represented the chairman, Officials of the ministry of health, Baales of the community from the host local governments and members of the CDA, market women and different unions.