The General Manager of the Lagos State Health Management Agency, Dr Emmanuella Zamba, has urged residents of the state to embrace health insurance scheme to gain access to quality health care.

Zamba said this during the inauguration of Ilera Eko divisional office at the Ikotun/Igando Local Council Development Authority.

She said, “Ilera Eko, which is what we call our social health insurance plan is a call to action for all Lagos residents to prioritise their health. It is an opportunity for us to get ourselves quality and affordable health care that will safeguard our lives.

“We are appealing to Lagos residents to please come forward and safeguard the lives of their families. The whole essence of social health insurance is about equity; that is, taking care of those that are downtrodden, that cannot take care of themselves.”

The LASHMA GM added that the state government had set aside funds to take care of residents who could not afford the fees for the health insurance plan.

“The Lagos State Government has set aside one per cent of our consolidated revenue fund to pay for citizens that cannot pay for themselves. We have a scientific way of going about knowing those people.

“For those earning money but they cannot afford the subscription, we have what call the Ilera Eko pay small small plan. Everybody must key into the health insurance scheme, our interest is in the masses,” Zamba said.

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