Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has said that the state Health Insurance Scheme (LSHIS) will deliver significant benefits to the economy of the state.Ambode made the assertion at the official inauguration of the LSHIS on Tuesday in Lagos. The LSHIS is a statewide health insurance scheme aimed at ensuring that all state residents have access to quality, affordable healthcare services.The scheme covers treatment of common ailments in adult and childhood, maternal and child services, preventive healthcare services, selected non-communicable diseases and surgeries.
He said, “Beyond ensuring that we have a healthy population, the scheme will foster inclusion and an increase in the utilization of hospital services, thereby creating employment opportunities for medical professionals. This will definitely have an impact on the economy of the state.”
The governor said that his administration would continue to commit resources to improve on medical facilities and enhance the scope-of-coverage. According to him, the state government cannot do this alone; I call on all our partners in the private sector to see the scheme as an effective vehicle to a positive impact in their communities.
Also, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said that the LSHIS was the state’s key strategic initiative toward the attainment of Universal Health Coverage. According to him, the roles of healthcare providers are key to the success of the scheme.
In her remarks, the General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), Dr Peju Adenusi, said that the scheme would be implemented by the agency. She said that the agency is responsible for overseeing the implementation of policies, administration of appropriate regulations and guidelines of the scheme.