The Lagos State Government through its Health Management Agency (LASHMA) has unveiled a new social health insurance plan to assist over one million Nigerians in living abroad that desired to provide health insurance coverage for their family members and loved ones residing in the state.
The new social health insurance plan, Ilera Eko diaspora plan, is geared towards increasing access to qualitative and efficient healthcare service delivery as well a further push the drive towards attaining universal health coverage for Lagos.
Under Ilera Eko diaspora plan, Nigerians residing abroad would have the window of subscribing to a pocket friendly cost plan without having to pay whenever their loved ones required medical care using facilities accredited by LASHMA across the state.
Unveiling the plan at an event held in Victoria Island axis of Lagos, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, explained that the new plan was designed to give Nigerians living abroad opportunity of caring for their parents and loved ones without leaving where they were to facilitate such services.
While urging residents to come on board and subscribe to various plans under the scheme, the commissioner stressed that the plans remain the most convenient avenues to prevent frequent funding of either ones healthcare and that of his loved ones.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistance to the governor on Diaspora and Foreign Relations, Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, explained that the new plan was put together after thorough review of the complaints often expressed by Nigerians living abroad who were often called to fund medical bills of their parents and loved ones residing in the state.
Sanwo-Olu noted that with the diaspora plan, they would only be required to pay once and all their loved ones medical care would be taken up through the agency, LASHMA.
He disclosed that his office would be leveraging on the already existing networks to engage Nigerians living outside shores of the country to understand that their yearnings had been resolved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
According to him, it saves Nigerians living abroad to save lives of their beneficiaries and money. This is because with a premium as pocket friendly as $6, they could cover their beneficiaries in Lagos rather than the system before where they have to send money for different ailments.
“But with one plan under the diaspora, they could give their loved ones the best possible care within the state. This is transformative. And it is the first in sub-saharan Africa.