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Lagos Ensures Equitable Healthcare Access Through EKOSHA Initiative

by Silverbird News24

….Raises Fund to Improve UHC

Lagos State Government has said it remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring equitable access to high-quality healthcare services through the groundbreaking Eko Social Health Alliance (EKOSHA) initiative, an arm of the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA).

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaking at the EKOSHA fundraising event hosted at Ebony Life Place, Victoria Island, unveiled the primary objective of EKOSHA: to secure additional funds for providing affordable, quality healthcare services to vulnerable residents in Lagos.

Highlighting the significance of the fundraising initiative, Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasized its dual purpose: bridging the gap between healthcare demand and supply while enhancing financial risk protection for the vulnerable.

“This evening’s gathering is dedicated to expanding healthcare opportunities for vulnerable individuals in Lagos through Eko Social Health Alliance (EKOSHA). Our aim is to bring smiles to the faces of those vulnerable individuals who are yet to benefit from the Scheme,” he asserted.

The Governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, expounded on the three arms of the EKOSHA initiative —Adoption, Crowdfunding, and Events (ACE Model)—designed to bolster support for vulnerable individuals. He disclosed that the initiative has equipped fourteen children from Orphanage Homes in the State with artistic skills, resulting in the creation of remarkable artworks.

Assuring inclusivity, the Governor reiterated his administration commitment to ensuring that all Lagos residents have access to quality and affordable healthcare, irrespective of socio-economic or cultural backgrounds.

Speakin in the same vein, the First Lady of Lagos, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, represented by Mrs. Olamide Ogunnubi, echoed the sentiment that achieving Universal Healthcare Coverage is a collective responsibility. She emphasized healthcare as a fundamental right accessible to all and urged stakeholders to generously support the EKOSHA initiative, stressing the positive impact of donations on the lives of those in need.

“It is my hope that through EKOSHA, stakeholders in quality healthcare delivery can make a tangible difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals, ensuring they receive the care they require,” she remarked.

Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, underscored the pivotal role health insurance plays in achieving universal health care coverage. He emphasized the significance of equitable access to affordable, quality healthcare for all individuals to lead fulfilling lives.

Reiterating the commitment to the Health and Environment mandate of the THEMES PLUS agenda, Professor Abayomi affirmed the government’s effort to extend Ilera Eko’s coverage to all residents, especially within the informal sector, as part of advancing the universal health coverage agenda.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Kemi Ogunyemi, highlighted that enrolling in health insurance guarantees security in the face of health uncertainties, emphasizing it as an investment in the health and future of the community.

Chairman of LASHMA, Dr. Adebayo Adedewe, applauded contributors paying for health insurance plans for the vulnerable in their communities. He emphasized the agency’s commitment to empowering beneficiaries as a sustainable component of the scheme.

Assuring effective utilization of raised funds, Permanent Secretary of LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba,, praised Governor Sanwo-Olu’s support and announced that approximately 923,000 residents have enrolled in the Lagos State health insurance scheme. She stressed the affordability of the Ilera Eko Health Insurance package, encouraging enrollment at 8,500 Naira per individual and 40,000 Naira for a family of four children under 23 years old.

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