In its determination to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), in conjunction with a Non-Governmental Agency (NGO), Save the Children International, has sensitised and enrolled indigenes as well as residents of Ikorodu on the ‘ILERA EKO’ Health Plan.

The General Manager of LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, in her address at the event held at Airite Hotel, Ikorodu, said that registration and enrolment on the health plan guarantees financial protection, reduces financial catastrophe and stress which occur as a result of huge medical bills and the inability of the patient or relatives to pay.

Dr. Zamba, represented at the ceremony by the Director, Administration and Human Resources in the Agency, Mrs. Bimbo Bello, noted that in an effort to raise money for unexpected expenses and to offset huge medical bills, some patients or family members borrowed money which may be difficult to repay back.

“But with ‘ILERA EKO’ there is peace of mind as the scheme covers various ailments such as Caesarian Section (CS), appendix or hernia surgery, diabetes, hypertension, malaria and typhoid among others which are not paid for at the hospitals under the Lagos State Health Scheme”, the General Manager explained.

She commended the present administration for its passion and determination towards ensuring that there is access to affordable and quality healthcare for all residents, irrespective of their social, economic, religious or cultural differences.

Calling on all the traditional and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders in Ikorodu and its environs to help spread the good news within their various communities, Dr. Zamba said the policy has benefits that will make its subscribers live a healthy and comfortable life.

She said that the Agency would continue to provide quality and improved healthcare service for all residents, stressing that enrollees should feel free to contact LASHMA customer care line: 0700-ILERA EKO (0700-45372356) for any difficulty while accessing care, complaints or suggestions.

She urged residents not to be afraid of enrolling on the scheme as ‘ILERA EKO’ Health Plan is real and has come to stay.

The Project Manager, Save the Children International, Mrs. Folasade Olukera, represented by the Head, Financing and Advocacy Specialist, Mrs. Folake Kuti, said that the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) partnered with the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) to reduce child death, especially as a result of pneumonia.

She said that through the NGO’s Inspiring project to reduce pneumonia in children in Ikorodu, it was discovered that Ikorodu is one of the communities in the State with the highest number of children, particularly one to five years old, with pneumonia.

According to her, some of the parents of the children refused to take them to the hospitals due to many reasons, which include inadequate finance, leading to death of the child.

She said that with ‘ILERA EKO’, mothers will have the opportunity of treating their children with no additional cost once the premium has been paid.

The Project Manager, therefore, implored every resident of Ikorodu community to enrol on the Health Plan which has been tested and trusted, advising mothers not to hesitate to take their children to the hospital immediately after noticing malaria, severe cough and breathing difficulty.

Mrs. Haolat Kassim and Mr. Tijani Abayomi, who had earlier enrolled on the scheme, shared their testimonies of accessing free healthcare services at their chosen hospitals. They commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the good gesture and urged Ikorodu residents to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Lagos State Government.

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