The Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), in its efforts to ensure that no resident in the State is left behind in having access to good, affordable and effective healthcare services, has partnered with BONO Energy Storage Terminal to onboard 300 vulnerable residents on the ILERA EKO Health plan.
The General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, while receiving the Managing Director of the organisation, Dr. Kayode Ayodeji, in her office at Alausa, Ikeja, said that the Lagos State Government is passionate about the plight of the residents who pay expensive medical bills out of pocket, hence the establishment of the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS).
Commending the organisation for its good gesture to offer free access to healthcare for 300 vulnerable people in State, Dr. Zamba said although the Lagos State Government has also set aside one percent of its Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) as Equity Fund to provide healthcare for the same group, yet, the Equity Fund cannot adequately take care of everyone in the socio-economic bracket.
She said that statistics revealed that about 70 percent of the population in Lagos State live below the poverty line of $1.9 per day and with the statistics, about 15 million people in the State need support to access healthcare services.
In her words, “it is a great task for the State Government to onboard all the vulnerable people and indigent in the State on the Health Scheme without the support of other influential people and organisations”.
The General Manager, however, appealed to the private sector, individuals and philanthropists at home and abroad to come to the aid of the vulnerable and indigent in the State by paying for their health insurance plan, just like BONO Energy Storage Terminal had done.
The Managing Director, BONO Energy Storage Terminal, Dr. Kayode Ayodeji, during the presentation of the premium to the Agency, appreciated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his relentless efforts at ensuring that Lagos State residents, especially the vulnerable and indigent, have access to healthcare services.
Dr. Ayodeji, who said that the aim of his organisation is to take care of about 30,000 vulnerable people, promised to support the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) and by extension, the Lagos State Government at making sure that the vulnerable in the State live a healthy and productive life.
He also promised to reach out to the organisation’s sister companies to come on board and provide healthcare access to other vulnerable residents of the State