The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has called on insurance companies to partner with the State government for the successful implementation of the newly introduced Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme (LSHIS).
Sanwo-Olu made the call on Wednesday at the 65th Birthday celebration of the first female President of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Mrs. Laide Osijo and the commissioning of the Plum House, Ebute-Metta, Lagos.
The Governor, who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, reiterated the importance of health insurance and urged the practitioners to partner with the State to complement government expenditure in support of people with medical challenges.
He also implored religious leaders, traditional rulers and opinion leaders to assist the government in enlightening residents of their respective communities on the health scheme, saying “For instance, the fire incident that occurred in Lagos Island this week, though very unfortunate, but the truth is that between 80-90 percent of the traders do not have insurance to cover their losses. We must, therefore, find a way to meet the exigencies of getting our people to embrace insurance schemes against unseen circumstances”.
Sanwo-Olu also stressed the need for insurance practitioners to institutionalise the culture of insurance among the citizens by finding ways to relate and get people informed about the importance of insurance in their day to day activities.