Gboyega Akosile say

My first encounter with the Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, will forever remain indelible in my mind. I had gone for a meeting, sometime in 2019, with her husband who was then an aspirant vying for the position he currently occupies at their beautiful but modestly arranged home in Ikoyi. 

As I sat in the living room, waiting for my prospective boss to arrive, the woman of the house came in from the door, adjacent to where I sat. I knew instantly that this was my principal’s wife. I stood up to greet her but to my utter amazement, madam returned my greetings in an unbelievable manner-in a bent knee position (this to Yoruba people is a high-level courtesy). This act of Omoluabi, which came naturally that day set me thinking, because madam is herself an accomplished public servant, a well read and widely travelled  medical doctor, who has also raised beautiful children that are on top of their class. I immediately whispered to myself, “this is a family you must work with”! 

This first encounter was not to be an accident as madam continued to excite my thoughts and imagination in many ways. One of such was a certain day that we had worked till late in the night. She came to me more than three times to ask whether I had been offered food and each time I’d said I was alright. The last time, she insisted that I must eat something. I told her that a cup of tea would be fine. Pronto madam went into her kitchen and personally made me the tea. At that time madam had about four domestic staff, including a cook and a chef, who we fondly call Mr. White. Those guys are still with her till date! 

Character is a major recipe for success. I have seen a display of great character in our First Lady-intelligent, warm, hospitable and generous, madam would call to find out how you’re doing especially when she notices that something is going wrong with you and you’re troubled. 

A big supporter of her husband’s THEMES project. Dr. Mrs. Sanwo-Olu is one of the biggest promoters of the Governor’s development agenda. She does this through her numerous interventions for women and the vulnerable people in the society. 

Her campaign against sexual and gender-based violence in Lagos State has helped to reduce the incidence of rape and other forms gender-based violence. 

Today is madam’s birthday. She deserves all the happiness, joy and prayers that come on a day like this. 

On behalf of my family, I wish our First Lady, Dr. Mrs. Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu a happy birthday and many more years in sound health and joy for her to continue rendering more service to humanity.

Akosile is the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos to sanction erring ILERA EKO providers, pledges quality healthcare

General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba has disclosed that the state would sanction any of the ILERA EKO healthcare providers that run foul of the existing healthcare practices and standards.

Public Affairs Officer, LASHMA Adeyinka Gbemibade noted that the Agency had been inundated with complaints received from enrollees on healthcare providers. 

Quoting Dr. Zamba, she said complaints received from enrollees included hospitals not giving drugs, not admitting patients, not carrying out tests and collecting money from patients on some of the drugs or tests covered among others. 

The General Manager added that government would not hesitate to deal decisively with any of such hospital, which is denting the image of the state government or any hospital whose staff treats ILERA EKO enrollees with levity. 

While commending the hospitals that are performing credibly and taking care of ILERA EKO enrollees, Zamba said that the Agency would continue to ensure quality healthcare is provided for all Lagos residents.

She cautioned any enrollee against paying for any medical condition covered such as consultation, laboratory tests, admissions for 15 days in a year, treatment of diabetes and hypertension as well as monthly refill of drugs, antenatal and delivery including caesarean section, surgeries such as herniotomy, appendectomy and herniorrhaphy. 

Dr. Zamba appealed to enrollees to call the dedicated 24/7 customer service toll-free line 0800ASKLASHMA (0800275527462) or call rate applies line 0700ILERAEKO (070045372356) while at the Hospital for any complaint so that LASHMA could resolve the issue before leaving the hospital. 

The General Manager said that enrollees can also send text messages only via WhatsApp to 07046160051 in case they want to obtain a benefits package, Hospital list, information, enquiry or even complaint about the health insurance plan. This information, she added is also available, as posters in the hospitals.

She urged customers to know their rights, pursue and claim them at all times as LASHMA is out to serve them better. 


Dr Zamba reiterated that the new National Health Insurance Act (NHIA) signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in May 2022 has made health insurance mandatory for all Nigerians. She, therefore, appealed to Lagos residents who are yet to enrol on the health plan to do so without further delay to adhere to the law and reduce their out-of-pocket payment for medical bills.

Zamba also said intending enrollees can register either at LASHMA Head Office, Alausa, any of the LASHMA five IBILE offices covering Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe Divisions or ILERA EKO kiosks located in all the LGAs/LCDAs in the State. 

She added that Lagos residents can also enroll through the ILERA EKO customer app by dialling *6700*006# on their phones or through USSD or visit website: www.ileraeko.com.

This year, she revealed that 27,222 cases of malaria, 11,400 cases of hypertension, 3,464 diabetic cases and 185 cases of severe asthmatic attacks were treated. 

LASHMA SAYS COLLECTION OF SERVICE CHARGE FOR ILERA EKO IS ILLEGAL

The Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) has condemned the collection of service charges for the enrolment of Lagos State residents on ILERA EKO, describing it as a dubious and illegal act.

The General Manager of LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, said that the Agency does not charge any service fee before on-boarding the residents on ILERA EKO, adding that nobody has the authority to collect service charge or fee on behalf of LASHMA from any resident in the State.

She warned LASHMA Enrolment Officers, Independent or Marketing Agents, who are perpetrating such illegal acts, to desist immediately, adding that anyone caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law. 

Dr. Zamba said that the State is committed to ensuring that every resident lives a healthy life and that is why the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ensured that ILERA EKO premiums are highly affordable and the cheapest so far.

The General Manager commended Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his commitment to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and that even the vulnerable have access to quality healthcare in the State. 

She reiterated that ILERA EKO basic plan which is the Standard Plan is N8, 500 per annum while the family plan for the father, mother, and four children below 23 years is N40, 000 per annum, adding that the Standard Plus for individuals is N15, 000 per annum and N70, 000 per annum for the family plan. 

According to her, the seniors’ plan is N34, 000 for individuals per annum, and the couple’s plan is N65, 000 per annum. 

Dr. Zamba said that to ensure flexibility of premium payment and achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the State Government approved ILERA EKO Pay-Small-Small. 

“With the Pay-Small-Small payment plan, an individual will pay N1,000 monthly and will commence access to care having paid  N3,000 for three months. The family plan payment option is N3,500 monthly and  N10,500 for three months. Enrollees are also free to pay the premium either quarterly or bi-annually”, she said.

She was imploring Lagos residents not to pay into the personal account of any representative of the Agency. Dr. Zamba said that all premium payment for the Lagos State Health Insurance is to be paid to the dedicated Lagos State Health Fund (LASHEF) account. 

The General Manager said that premium payment into the LASHEF account could be made through the LASHMA customized POS at the Headquarters, 17, Kafi Street, Alausa, Ikeja, our Divisional Offices, and kiosks located throughout the State. 

She added that payment can also be made through the LASHMA website: www.lashma.com, the Nibss E-bills platform at any Bank in Lagos State, enrollees’ internet banking app, or LASHMA USSD code 6700006#.*

Group and Corporate premium payments, she said, can also be paid to the LASHEF Account as invoiced by the Agency.

The General Manager urged residents in the State to contact the Agency’s Customer Service numbers: 0800-ASKLASHMA (0800-275527463) or 0700-ILERA EKO (0700-45372356) whenever anyone demands the payment of a service charge or any other suspicious acts regarding ILERA EKO. 

Dr. Zamba emphasized that the Agency will not relent in its efforts to ensure that Lagos residents have value for their money on ILERA EKO.

She, therefore, implored everyone in the State to enroll in ILERA EKO to reduce out-of-pocket payments for medical bills.

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