=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === The Lagos State Government has formally commenced the enrolment of 55,000 vulnerable and indigent citizens across the 20 Local Government Areas in collaboration with the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, as part of its commitment to advancing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the State.
During the inauguration held at Rauf Aregbesola Primary Healthcare Centre, Mosan, Alimosho, the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said that the Lagos State Government set aside one percent of its consolidated revenue fund as equity fund to provide health insurance for about 70% of Lagos’ vulnerable and indigent residents, who live below the poverty line of $1.9 per day and, as such, cannot afford to pay health insurance premium.
Speaking further, Abayomi said that, “the beneficiaries were identified using a multi-dimensional poverty index tool to ensure accuracy, reliability and validity of the data generated, while implementation will commence first with the 20 healthcare facilities empanelled on the scheme and subsequently extended to all other Lagos State Health Scheme empanelled facilities soonest”.
Abayomi stressed that the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) will continue to grow the vulnerable register and develop better innovative ways to provide access to quality healthcare services for all residents.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The fund will no doubt complement the efforts of the Lagos State Government in pursuit of its T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda and Universal Health Coverage.