The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris has revealed that 120,000 residents have registered under the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme(LSHS), which provides direct access to health services for residents of the State at a pocket friendly cost.
Dr Idris was speaking during a press briefing on the implementation of the LSHS, which started in December 2018.
“After the launch of the Scheme last year December, there has been enrollment of beneficiaries, as well as provision of facilities by public and private Agencies,” Dr Idris said
According to him, so far, 150 private facilities and 44 public facilities have been accredited while 60 field agents have been deployed to facilitate the enrolment of the people into the scheme.
“Currently, health facilities have been put in place at rural areas like Makoko and some areas within Alimosho where 2000 people have registered.
“In all, 120,000 residents have so far been registered on the scheme while the total number of people who have started accessing healthcare is about 5,000 residents,” Dr Idris added
The scheme started with services that can be easily accessed at the primary health services level. Under the health insurance scheme, basic services are available for the general public as well as special provisions for those seeking extra services.
The General Manager Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) also spoke at the event, adding that sanctions have been put in place to checkmate the excesses of the service providers who have keyed into the scheme.
She explained that the perceived slow pace in the implementation of the scheme was as a result of the cumbersome nature of ensuring that the certification of the health providers are thoroughly verified.