By Samuel Bolaji
Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has called on all orphanages in the state to register each child under their care with the Lagos State Health Management Agency for proper health care coverage.
The governor’s wife, who spoke on Thursday at the Lagos House, Alausa, during the pre-conference press briefing for the National Women Conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, said orphans in the state are now being covered under the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme.
“The orphans in the orphanages, it was difficult for them to access health care in the past, because in the hospitals they would require their father and mother, but they don’t have those parents to stay with them. So, we made a case for them, and now LASHMA has gone around to ensure that all the orphans in Lagos State under the registered orphanages are captured in the nearest hospital to the orphanage,” she said.
She further stated that 894 orphans were registered in all the hospitals last year, adding, “Orphanages have been advised to register every child that is with them with LASHMA.
“So, any child that doesn’t get attention, it is because, maybe, that orphanage has not registered that child. And that helps us to monitor what is happening in those orphanages.”
Speaking on the women’s conference, with the theme ‘Unleash Your Potential’, the governor’s wife and Chairman of COWLSO said the 2023 edition, which will be held at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites from October 17 to 19, is aimed at challenging participants “to take bold steps, face their fears, and push past their comfort zones, and when they do, they can ‘unleash their potential’ and discover what they are truly capable of achieving.”