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LAGOS: LASHMA assures Badagry residents of cost-effective, quality healthacre services

…Commissions Ilera eko office

THE General Manager, State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, has assured residents of the ancient town of Badagry and environs of cost-effective and quality healthcare services.

Zamba gave the assurance at the commissioning of another “Ilera Eko” divisional office within the General Hospital, Badagry, the fourth to be commissioned after the establishment of Ikorodu, Alimosho and Epe offices.

She said that the laudable efforts of the state government are aimed at sustaining the promotion of affordable and quality healthcare in order to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the state.

The general manager, represented at the commissioning by the Head of Business Development and Marketing, LASHMA, Olatunji Rotimi, said the benefits of the scheme include: outpatient care for common ailments such as malaria, management of uncomplicated chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and asthma.

Other benefits, according to her, include the treatment of HIV and tuberculosis, minor surgeries such as Incision drainage, herniorrhaphy, appendectomy, pharmaceutical care, health promotion and disease prevention.

Her words: “The annual premium of N40,000, covers a family of six – father, mother and four children below 18 years – qualified to receive quality healthcare at any hospital of their choice under the State Health Scheme”.

Disclosing that individuals can also enjoy the same benefits with the premium of N8,500 annually, she, however, noted that children who are 18 years and above, would have to register under the individual plan.

Zamba also disclosed that the insurance scheme has made provision for a quarterly instalment policy for unions, groups and associations scheduled to commence in the fourth 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 devoid of financial constraints.”

She enjoined everyone to ensure that their preferred healthcare facility is close to their homes, stressing that this is necessary for immediate and prompt access to health facilities, especially during emergency cases.

Zamba also revealed that Ilera Eko enrollees can also call or consult a medical doctor via audio or video on the toll-free line: 0700-ILERAEKO (0700- 45372356) or 0800-EKOMED (0800-356633), from the comfort of their homes.

“LASHMA has registration points and enrollment officers in various Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the State. You can walk in freely to register and enrol at your convenience, you can visit the LASHMA website: or,” she said.

Buttressing the general manager’s assertion, a member of LASHMA’s Board, Comrade Julius Awojide, commended the efforts of the state government for bringing Ilera Eko initiative of “Pay Small Small to enjoy plenty” to Badagry.

Awojide implored the eminent personalities in attendance to spread the good news to the grassroots and appealed to residents to propagate the policy.

In his remark, the Medical Director of the General Hospital, Badagry, Dr. Surajudeen Bakare, commended the efforts of the agency, saying it is a testimony of the commitment and realisation of the present administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

While urging the residents of Badagry to take advantage of the health plan, Bakare maintained that the hospitals in Badagry are ready to support the state government to make the programme a huge success.

Dignitaries present at the event included a representative of Akran of Badagry and the Agoloto of Badagry, Dr. Samuel Hundogan; representative of the Monarch of Ikoga kingdom, Chief Ashimi Rasheed; representative of the Executive Chairman, Badagry West LCDA, Samuel Hondonu; Council Manager, Badagry LG, Sejiro Asokere; Chief Imam of Badagry, Sheikh Abdul-Hakeem Akewusola; the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Badagry Chapter, Sunday Hunyinbo and Medical Officer, Badagry West LCDA, Dr. Alli Weniyu, among others.

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