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Lagos govt mandates health insurance for residents


The Lagos State Government has announced that enrollment in its health insurance scheme, Ilera Eko, is now compulsory for all residents of the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Management Agency, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, made the announcement at the flag-off of the agency’s Health Week at Alausa, Ikeja.

Zamba said that the decision to make health insurance compulsory was in line with the domesticated National Health Insurance Authority Act, which requires all Nigerians to register on the Social Health Insurance Scheme in their state of residence.

A statement on Thursday quoted Zamba as saying that “It is, therefore, compulsory for every resident in Lagos State to enrol in Ilera Eko.”

She explained that enrollment in Ilera Eko would guarantee residents access to quality and affordable healthcare, as well as reduce out-of-pocket payment for medical bills.

Zamba advised residents to visit LASHMA headquarters or any of its divisional offices to register for Ilera Eko. 

She also added that LASHMA was collaborating with the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service to ensure the availability of blood for Ilera Eko enrollees needing transfusion.


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