The Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) and an indigenous oil firm, BONO Energy Storage Terminal, have enrolled at least 300 vulnerable residents on state health plan, codenamed ILERA EKO, to give them access to better medical care across the state.
They said that the partnership to onboard 300 vulnerable in the state were to ensure that no resident is left behind in having access to good, affordable, and effective healthcare services within the state.
During the partnership agreement held at LASHMA’s office, Ikeja, the General Manager of the agency, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, while receiving the Managing Director of the organization, Dr. Kayode Ayodeji, explained that Lagos State Government was passionate about the plight of residents particularly those that could not pay for their medical bill promptly.
Zamba added that the need to ensure that over 20 million Lagosians especially the indigents get required healthcare without having to pay expensive medical bills out of pocket, saying this was the reason behind the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS).
Commending the organization for its good gesture to give free accessible healthcare services to 300 vulnerable people, Zamba said that although the state government has set aside one percent of its Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) as Equity Fund to provide healthcare to the vulnerable, yet the Equity Fund can not adequately take care of the vulnerable and indigent across Lagos.
She said that statistics revealed that about 70 percent of the population in Lagos State, live below the poverty line of $1.9 per day and as such, cannot afford to pay health insurance premiums.
While arguing that about 15 million Lagosians need support to access healthcare services, the LASHMA boss said: “it is a great task for the State Government to onboard all the vulnerable and indigent in the State on the Health Scheme without the support of other influential people and organizations”.
The General Manager however appealed to private sectors, individuals and philanthropists home and abroad to come to the aid of the vulnerable and indigents in the State by paying for their health insurance plan just like BONO Energy Storage Terminal had done.
On his part, Ayodeji appreciated the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his relentless efforts in ensuring that Lagos State residents especially the vulnerable and indigents have access to healthcare services.
He promised that his organisation would continue to support the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) and by extension, the Lagos State Government in ensuring that the vulnerable in the State live a healthy and productive life.
Ayodeji said that the aim of his organization is to take care of about 30,000 vulnerable. He promised to reach out to the organization’s sister companies to come on board and provide healthcare access to other vulnerable in the State.