By Adewale Adeyanju, INN Lagos reporter

The Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) has organized a sensitization program to educate the State’s People with Disabilities (PWDs) on benefits of the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme, popularly known as ‘Illera Eko’.

“Illera Eko” is designed to make healthcare delivery accessible to all residents.

While speaking at the event held at the Adeyemi-Bero auditorium Alausa-Secretariat, Ikeja, the General Manager of LASODA, Mr. Oluwadamilare Ogundairo, implored PWDs to take advantage of the scheme initiated by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration as an inclusion strategy towards ensuring everyone has access to affordable healthcare.

Mr Ogundairo explained that the scheme will afford subscribers the opportunity to enjoy much of the immense benefits inherent in health insurance scheme.

He further stressed that the State Government has continued to evolve policies and programs that are beneficial to all residents.

PWDs were therefore advised to enroll in the scheme to avoid marginalization.

According to Ogundairo: “LASODA is committed to protecting and enhancing the welfare of all PWDs in Lagos”.
He implored stakeholders in the Disability Community to always take advantage of the numerous opportunities provided by the State Government across all sectors, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

While urging all participants to register with the Lagos State Health Management Agency, LASHMA, Ogundairo reiterated that the scheme was put in place by the State Government to provide affordable and quality healthcare services for all residents in Lagos State irrespective of status, gender and disability, in line with its policy on inclusiveness.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, represented by Head of Special Projects, Dr. Tolu Ajomale, remarked that the Lagos State Health Scheme (Illera Eko) is focused on providing equal access to healthcare services for every Lagos resident.

According to him, “The insurance scheme will create a platform for many Persons with Special needs to access affordable healthcare in private and public hospitals in all Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State”.

Also speaking was Mr. Olusegun Braimoh, marketing officer, Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA). He said that Illera Eko social health insurance plan is a basic health insurance plan consisting of primary and secondary benefits under the mandatory Lagos State Health Scheme.

His words: “The new health standard plan, which aims at easing residents of huge medical bills, costs N8500 annually per individual and N40,000 annually for a family of husband, spouse and four children below 23 years.

“A bit by bit payment option of N12,000 was earmarked for individuals. Meanwhile the same option goes for N42,000 per family of husband, spouse and four children below 23 years old.

“The Health Insurance Plan covers various ailments including eye care, family planning services, child welfare services, hospital care and admission, pharmaceutical care, chronic disease, clinical chemistry, diagnostic radiological investigations, dental care, cancer treatment of early stages 1-2 and child care, among others”, Braimoh added.

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