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The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has described health insurance as a vital tool that can be leveraged by public office holders and world leaders in a bid to achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage for citizens.
According to a statement on Sunday, the governor disclosed this during an event at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on the theme, ‘Universal health coverage in Nigeria: Optimising institutional opportunities and partnerships for success,’ advised global think tanks to optimise institutional opportunities and partnerships for the achievement of UHC.
He said, “To achieve UHC, developing countries must first focus on offering their residents a basic minimum set of healthcare services, provided free at the point of care using subsidy, controlled premiums or at a pre-set tariff system, within government-regulated facilities either public or affiliated private.
“We believe in health insurance as a tool that we can leverage to quickly cover ground in our quest for UHC and so we have thrown the full weight of our support behind the newly established National Health Insurance Act, and mandated our Lagos State Health Management Agency to domesticate and enrol residents of Lagos into the Lagos State Social Health Insurance Scheme.”
Sanwo-Olu also explained that the state has embarked on partnerships to strengthen its primary health system.
“We are leveraging partnerships with global organisations like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Fund amongst others, to explore innovative ways to strengthen our primary health system. I believe that such organisations’ decisions to directly fund sub-nationals like Lagos State is a testament to the clarity of our vision and our drive to achieve results.
“We have commenced two pilot projects: The Lagos State Oncology Centre and the Omotunde Ajoke Cole Smart Hospital. The success of these projects will mark a new dawn in our health system, where the best of the public and private sectors come together to provide world-class affordable healthcare,” he added.