Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has finally launched the much-awaited health insurance scheme (LSHS) of the State Government.
The scheme which is mandatory for all Lagosians was launched on Tuesday at the Civic Centre on Victoria Island, Lagos.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying that the state was now on a journey to achieve affordable, comprehensive and unhindered quality health services for all residents.
He also noted that the scheme was mooted in 1999 under the former administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and established by Law No. 4 of May 2015.
He said; “We were committed to implementing this programme because the welfare of all Lagosians is of paramount interest to us and we came into office with a promise to make Lagos work for all.
“I am delighted that we have fulfilled that promise and are gathered at this historic and momentous occasion today for the formal launch of the Lagos State Insurance Health Scheme. It is historic because it marks a distinct milestone in the state government’s effort to ensure the sustained provision of critical social service to our teeming Lagos population.
“The overall goal of this scheme is to ensure that all residents of the state have unhindered access to sustainable, quality and affordable healthcare services with financial risk protection, including subsidy from government subsidy,” Ambode added.