By Iyke Nwabueze
As part of palliative measures to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has necessitated the lock-down of the state, the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State Government, in addition to the welfare stimulus package already in place for Lagosians, has disclosed its plans to offer free medical services to the vulnerable residents of the state such as pregnant women and other persons with emergency health conditions requiring immediate attention.
The governor made the disclosure during a media briefing on Saturday, April 4, 2020.
according to the governor, “The Lagos State Government will for the duration of this lockdown, in the first instance throughout the month of April, take full responsibility for the medical bills of all patients who fall under the following categories and present themselves at all our secondary health facilities, meaning our 27 general hospitals and the maternal and child health facilities that we have round the state.
“Emergencies, casualties, cases including registration, laboratory tests and surgeries will be treated free of charge,” Sanwo-Olu said.
furthermore, he added that, “Maternity cases and all pregnant women that have to do deliveries in this month of April, either caesarean or normal delivery will also be attended to free of charge.
“All admissions within this period will be free and treated free of charge in the month of April at the first instance.
“What this means is that those that have the above-listed conditions that will need to access the hospitals will be treated free”.