Ilera Eko Health Insurance scheme

The Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), in its determination to ensure Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and increase in enrolment on “Ilera Eko’ Health Insurance Scheme, has collaborated with the Office of Civic Engagement for Statewide sensitisation of the grassroots.

The Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, at a media briefing held on Wednesday at the Bagauda Khalto Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, said the collaboration aims to promote the Ilera Eko health plan and scale-up enrolment of Lagos residents on the Scheme.

Princess Adebowale, represented at the briefing by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Civic Engagement, Mr. Kayode Ogunnubi, said that Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is passionate about ensuring that residents are in good health and also have access to affordable, quality and efficient healthcare, irrespective of their socio-economic differences. 

While noting that the initiative is in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda of the Lagos State Government, she stated that Mr. Governor has not only intensified investment in infrastructure development in the health sector but also in human capital.

Her words: “Government has embarked on the building and renewal of health facilities in the State and the continuous initiation and promotion of various intervention programmes such as the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS) and Ilera Eko Health Plan”.

According to Princess Adebowale, health insurance is new in Nigeria but the journey of health insurance in Lagos State started in 2015 with the signing of the Lagos State Health Scheme into Law while access to healthcare commenced in 2020.

The Special Adviser said that the planned sensitisation in all the LGAs and LCDAs would no doubt encourage more people at the grassroots to key into the Ilera Eko Health plan and increase enrolment.

The General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, said that the Agency partnered with the Office of Civic Engagement to spread the good news of Ilera Eko to the grassroots, whose residents are primary targets of the health scheme.

She restated that with N8,500 annually an individual can enjoy the benefit of Ilera Eko, while with N40,000 annually, a family of six consisting of the father, mother and four children below 18 years can also enjoy the health plan. 

Dr. Zamba noted that considering the economic situation in the country, the Agency has designed a flexible monthly payment plan known – “Ilera Eko Pay Small Small” – to enable mo


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