Lagos lawmaker’s health insurance targets 1000 beneficiaries

October 30, 2021

Percy Ani

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Surulere Constituency 1, Desmond Elliott, has empowered 1,000 constituents with a health insurance scheme.

According to the lawmaker, the scheme tagged, “Health Insurance for community members and families in Surulere,’’ the scheme is in partnership with the Community Development Centre in Surulere Local Government.

He stated that the scheme would cover 250 beneficiaries quarterly and by year-end would have covered a thousand people.

 Elliot said, “Residents selected from the 43 CDAS in the area will enjoy free health care courtesy of my office. There are many of our elderly ones who need medical care, but only a few of them can afford it. Knowing the state of the country today, it is even difficult for some to find food to eat. It is my hope that this would be a pivotal scheme that will blossom into what will eventually be replicated in other local governments.”

 He noted that residents in the community could be beneficiaries of the health insurance scheme and their major health issues would be taken care of.

He stated, “It reduces the burden of caring for their aged relatives. Also, other family members can enjoy the benefit of having a health care plan, because I believe it should be a privilege for everybody. The idea is to have in this first scheme a thousand residents become beneficiaries of this scheme through my office.”

On the criterion for selection of beneficiaries, the lawmaker said that residents in grass-roots communities were the primary beneficiaries.

“We gave out the healthcare plan to the 43 CDAs in Surulere and residents in the CDC were also beneficiaries. It is not political as it cuts across residents. I also want to urge the state to ensure every resident in Lagos has health insurance, it is important,” Elliot said.

 Representatives of GOXI Micro Insurance Scheme and TOP-T Medical Centre were on the ground to administer the scheme to the beneficiaries.

 The Chairman of the CDC in Surulere, Wemimo Odumosu, in his address to the beneficiaries, lauded the lawmaker for keying into the concept when presented to him, adding that it was the first time such a health insurance scheme would be sponsored by a lawmaker for constituents in Lagos State.

 The CDC state Chairman, Alhaji Usman Hamzat, echoed Odumosu’s submission, saying, “This scheme is uncommon and we have never seen anything like it in any other local government. Taking care of people’s health is more important than giving them money.”

 Also speaking, the Surulere Local Government Chairman, Mr. Bamidele Yusuf, noted that the good ideas in Surulere signalled what good political synergy could achieve.

 He said, “The Speaker of the Federal House of Reps, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila is doing great work in Surulere, so also is our House of Assembly member and our government at the council. We all need to team up and appreciate our political office holders.”

SOURCE: THE PUNCH

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