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Lagos Health Agency inaugurates additional office in Epe

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As part of the measures to ensure all residents of Lagos get access to quality healthcare, the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), has inaugurated another health scheme office, urging residents of the state to embrace the insurance plan.

The third of such offices to be commissioned in the past one month within Epe Local Government after the two earlier established in Ikorodu and Ikeja divisions is envisioned to ensure that residents within the Epe division of the state have access to effective, quality, and affordable health care services.

The General Manager of LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, addressing residents at the inauguration ceremony, said that the office was set up to give Epe residents access to prompt and cost-effective healthcare services.

Zamba, while stressing that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was concerned about the well-being of Lagosians, listed the benefits of ILERA EKO Health plan to include outpatient care for common ailments and conditions such as malaria, management of uncomplicated chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma.
 
The LASHMA boss, who was represented by the Head of Business Development and Marketing for the agency, Olatunji Rotimi, added that enrollees would get the benefit of been treated for HIV and tuberculosis, minor surgeries such as incision drainage, herniorrhaphy, appendectomy, pharmaceutical care, health promotion, and diseases prevention.
 
“The annual payment of N40, 000 covers a family of six – father, a mother with four children below 18 years – and this premium, automatically grants them access to a full year of uninterrupted healthcare in any hospital of their choice. An individual according to her, can also enjoy the same benefits with N8, 500 annually, at any hospital of his or her choice, under ILERA  EKO Health plan.”

She, however, noted that children that were 18 years and above would have to register under the individual plan and that they cannot be included in the family plan.

Zamba also disclosed that the Health insurance plan has made provision for a quarterly installment policy for unions, groups, and associations, scheduled to take off by the 4th quarter of the year.

According to her, the benefits for all subscribers are enormous, they would upon enrolment have access to quality treatment for medical challenges without being devoid of financial constraints

The General  Manager also revealed that “ILERA EKO ” enrollees could also call or consult a Medical Doctor via audio or video calls to the toll- free line 0700ILERAEKO or 0800EKOMED from the comfort of their homes.

“LASHMA has registration points and enrollment officers in various Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state. You can walk in freely to register or for your convenience, you can visit LASHMA website, lashma.com or www.lashma.lagosstate.gov.ng.

In his remark, LASHMA Board representative, Dr. Eniola Erinosho, commended the efforts of the Agency, saying it is a testimony to its commitment to the realisation of the current administration’s Greater Lagos agenda.
 
The Olu of Epe kingdom, Oba Shefiu Adewale, represented by High Chief Odede Ogunro, commended the agency for extending the Health insurance scheme to Epe.
 
Similarly, the Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun, represented by Adebayo Adekore, commended the state government for his determination and commitment towards the provision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the state, noting that the Health insurance plan will provide opportunities for residents to be conscious of their health.

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