In a bid to deliver quality healthcare to residents of Lagos State, especially the elderly and to reduce out of pocket payments, a Non Governmental Organization, 60-Plus Advocacy Initiative has partnered the Lagos State Health Management Agency, LASHMA, for the delivery of affordable and efficient healthcare to senior citizens in the state.
The NGO is particular about creating awareness on the Lagos Health Insurance Scheme and how senior citizens can benefit from it through a campaign tagged “Ilera Eko Project for the elderly”
At the maiden sensitization campaign at Shitta, Surulere area of the State, the Chairman of the NGO Governing Council, Mr. Adeyinka Obalade, said the plight of the elderly, especially the less privileged necessitated the partnership.
Mr Obalade explained that 60plus Advocacy Initiative decided to partner LASHMA to ease the burdens of some of the elderly as the NGO would be sponsoring about 50 indigent senior citizens by enrolling them in the State Insurance scheme, thereby enabling them to access free health care in any hospital of their choice for the next two years.
Mr Obalade said: “We will pay for them to enroll and get care in any hospital of their choice close to their homes and we will also monitor how they are getting service for whatever we have paid, we will continue to sponsor and also mobilize people to sponsor, but out target is not their families, our target is the senior citizens themselves so we can alleviate their situation”
On her part, LASHMA General Manager, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba who was represented by Mrs. Uchechukwu Igweonyia commended the NGO for the partnership which she said would further give senior citizens in Lagos access to quality health care regardless of their financial status .
“Lagos State Health Insurance plan is for everybody in Lagos, but we have noticed that for the time being they have neglected people in these age and we have partnered with 60plus Initiative to ensure they get quality health insurance for them. That you are of this age does not mean you don’t have access to the society again” she explained.
Some of the beneficiaries who were overjoyed expressed appreciation to the NGO for bringing the initiative to their doorsteps and called on other NGOs and philanthropic individuals to emulate 60Plus advocacy to enable more senior citizens in Lagos to key in to the health insurance scheme.