After a protracted wait, workers in the Lagos State Public Service finally heaved a sigh of relief and the Lagos State Secretariat was agog as the Lagos State Government, in its commitment towards ensuring that its entire workforce have access to good, quality and affordable healthcare, announced the commencement of the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS) for its employees with effect from 1st of June, 2020.
The Acting General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, who made broke the news at Alausa, Ikeja, said that with the take-off of the Lagos State Health Scheme for the staff, Civil Servants would have access to medical care in any of their chosen facilities among over two hundred hospitals under the Lagos State Health Scheme across the length and breadth of the State.
Dr. Zamba also said that the Health Scheme would further ensure that Public Servants are physically, mentally and psychologically fit to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
While commending Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the approval and payment of seventy-five (75) percent of the annual Family Insurance Premium for each Public Servant, the balance of twenty-five (25) percent, will be paid by Public Servants over a period of twelve (12) months.
She added that with the payment, Public Servants in the state including their spouses and maximum of four children below 18 years old will enjoy the benefits of the Lagos State Health Scheme at the facilities chosen by them.
The Acting General Manager added that any additional family member aside from the six mentioned above who is below 18 years old would pay six thousand (N6,000) annually while those who are eighteen (18) years old and above, would pay eight thousand five hundred (N8,500) annually, stressing that any additional cost would be borne by the Public Servant, who of course is the Principal Enrollee.
She further explained that enrollees on the scheme would enjoy benefits which include enrollment and consultation, treatment of common illnesses such as malaria, hypertension, diabetes, provision of family planning services, dental care, ultrasound scan, radiological investigations, child welfare services, care of childhood illnesses, neo-natal services, gynecological prenatal care and delivery.
Reminding all Public Servants to spread the good news to their relatives and friends who are not yet enrolled on the Scheme, Zamba added that the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) would soon launch a Call Center to further ensure better Customer Service and feedback mechanism.