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Lagos to capture grassroots in health insurance scheme

Ilera Eko from LASHMA will help local Lagos communities to access quality health care and sensitisation has already begun in Alimosho.
THE Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Lagos State, Aderemi Adebowale, has said the state is positioning itself to ensure every resident gets access to affordable and quality healthcare, regardless of their economic status.
Princess Adebowale made this known in the ongoing grassroots sensitisation programme on ‘Ilera Eko’, held at Agege, Alimosho and Ifako-Ijaiye.
The special adviser said the state plans to promote the Ilera Eko Health plan and attain Universal Health Coverage down to the grassroots.
“All around the globe, health remains on the priority list of every government at all levels. Therefore, our dear state cannot afford to be an exception. A healthy nation, it is said, is a wealthy nation.
“This has necessitated the government embarking on building and renewal of health facilities all around the state and continuous initiation and promotion of various intervention programmes, which include the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme also known as Ilera Eko,” Adebowale said.
The Special Adviser admitted that healthcare is expensive and many Lagos residents do not get the care they need because they fear they cannot afford the bills. 
The Office of Civic Engagement will collaborate with the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) in order to create a local health insurance scheme that reaches the doorstep of every Lagos resident.