Lagos enrolls 923,000 residents in Ilera-Eko Health Insurance Scheme

Lagos State Government has enrolled no fewer than 923,000 residents into the state government Health Insurance Scheme, popularly known as Ilera-Eko, since its inception.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Management Agency, LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba revealed this milestone following an awareness and sensitisation walk held in commemoration of the Y2023 Universal Health Coverage, UHC, Day in Alausa, Ikeja.

She highlighted the expansion of the Ilera Eko scheme, increasing the coverage of health facilities from 57 to 448 hospitals across the state.

She said: “At LASHMA, through Ilera-Eko, we’ve covered 923,000 Lagos residents to date, aiming to encompass our entire target demographic.

Our network has grown from 57 to 448 healthcare facilities across the state, ensuring comprehensive coverage in every Local Government Area or LCDA,” she added.

The Permanent Secretary further explained that Universal Health Coverage Day, designated by the World Health Organisation, WHO, emphasises the necessity for a robust healthcare system, guaranteeing accessible, high-quality, and affordable healthcare services for all residents.

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“The theme: ‘Health for all: Time For Action’, aligns with the current administration’s commitment to ensuring equitable healthcare delivery in the State”, she said.

Zamba added that “December 12 is annually observed as Universal Health Coverage Day by WHO to underscore the importance of ensuring equitable access to affordable, quality healthcare for everyone to live fulfilling lives.”

She reiterated the administration’s dedication to the Health and Environment mandate of the THEMES Plus Agenda, adding “Efforts will persist in extending Ilera Eko’s coverage to all residents, especially within the informal sector, as part of advancing the universal health coverage agenda.”

Highlighting the role of health insurance in raising health awareness and establishing a cost-effective healthcare system, Dr. Zamba urged all residents to enroll in the state health insurance scheme.

She emphasised the affordability of the Ilera Eko Health Insurance package at N8,500 per individual and N40,000 for a family of four children under 23 years old.

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