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Government urges residents to enrol for Health Insurance Scheme



Government urges residents to enrol for Health Insurance Scheme Top Naija

The General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, has urged residents to enrol for the Health Insurance Scheme of the agency.

This is to allow residents have access to qualitative health care in the state.

Speaking at a conference tagged, ‘Ilera Eko, leaving no one behind,’ coordinated by the agency on Thursday, Zamba said no less than 300,000 Lagosian had subscribed to the Health Insurance Scheme.

Dr. Emmanuella Zamba

She said, ‘Keying into health insurance is not because you are sick, it is because you want to have a quality life with your family.

‘We are offering the most affordable benefit package there is in Lagos because we want all the masses to key into it. Health insurance should not be just for the wealthy, it should be for everybody, including those at the grass roots.

‘We rolled out properly in the middle of last year and currently we have about 300,000 people already enrolled into the scheme. Our target is to enrol at least three million people onto the scheme this year.

‘We have also set aside one per cent of the consolidated revenue for those that cannot pay for themselves and used part of the funds to enroll about 400 indigent people and would continue to do so.

‘A family of six with children below 18 years of age will pay N40,000 while an individual will pay N8,500 yearly. We have brought people to testify to the goodness of the scheme.

‘We would also be sending out documentaries for people to see because we would not come out with something we cannot guarantee.’

The occasion was graced by the Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, amidst others.