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LAGOS: Govt begins enrolment of vulnerable residents for affordable health scheme

THE State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) will todaycommence the enrolment for its health initiative tagged Ilera Eko.

Ilera Eko (Yoruba word for the health of Lagosians) is the state government’s Health Insurance Scheme (HIS), which was launched by the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration to encourage residents, especially those at the grassroots, to have access to quality healthcare through the Universal Health Coverage that is affordable and convenient.

    In statement released over the weekend, the General Manager of LASHMA, Dr Emmanuella Zamba said that the registration and enrolment of the vulnerable throughout the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the state are to ensure that the group equally has access to quality healthcare.

     According to Zamba, the agency would flag off its Year 2023 EKO Social Health Alliance (EKOSHA) enrolment of the vulnerable and indigent at Ijede LCDA on Monday, February 6.

    The registration for February are:

Ijede LCDA (Monday, February 6)

Kosofe LGA (Tuesday, February 7)

Odi-Olowo LGA (Wednesday, February 8)

Iru-Victoria Island LCDA (Thursday, February 9)

Epe LGA (Tuesday, February 14)

Egbe-Idimu LCDA (Wednesday, February 15)

Apapa LGA (Thursday, February 16)

Ojodu LCDA (Tuesday, February 21)

Coker-Aguda LCDA (Wednesday, February 22)

Oriade LCDA (Thursday, February 23)

    The LASHMA General Manager further said “both the vulnerable and those who can pay their health insurance premiums will be registered.”

    She encouraged residents of the state who is yet to come on board the scheme to seize the opportunity given by Governor Sanwo-Olu to register and enrol in order to avoid out-of-pocket payment of medical bills and also have peace of mind.

    Zamba said that Ilera Eko premium for Standard Plan (Individual) is N8,500 per annum, while the family plan, which covers of six members (father, mother and four children below 23 years), is N40,000 per annum.

    She added that those who cannot afford to pay the premium once also have the opportunity to do so by instalment and access care with N1,000 monthly for the individual plan after the payment of N3,000 at the first instance.

    “Enrollees for the family plan can access care with N3,500 monthly after the payment of N10,500 at the first instance,” she said.

    The GM also disclosed  that senior citizens can also enrol with N34,000 per annum on Ilera Eko, while the couple plan is N65,000 per annum.

    She said that free medical screening and eyeglasses would be given to residents and LASHMA would also organise raffle draws at each event where various gifts would be won.

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