LAGOS State Government, in collaboration with CHESTRAD Global, has disclosed its intention to provide healthcare for children and women in line with its commitment towards ensuring that residents in the state have access to good, quality and an affordable healthcare system.
Speaking about the partnership, the General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, said that the collaboration with CHESTRAD GlobaL on the ‘TARIRO’ programme, through the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS), would provide healthcare to 500,000 girls and women from 10 years to 60 years as well as 2,000,000 children from zero to five years.
She explained that the ‘TARIRO’ programme, which is a social transformation programme to support children, girls and women to survive, thrive and excel, would go a long way to contribute to Lagos State Government’s efforts in achieving its Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for residents in the State.
The General Manager said, “with the partnership, more health facilities would join the Lagos State Health Scheme while access to healthcare would be extended to all the nooks and crannies in the state, thereby giving room for more residents to have access to the healthcare system”.
Zamba averred that the partnership is also a new beginning for vulnerable people in the state as many women, who do not have access to good healthcare due to the high cost of medical treatment would benefit from the joint venture.
While stressing the prominent roles of women in the development of the country, the general manager regretted that a lot of women die during childbirth and other health-related issues, noting that statistics revealed that 145 women of childbearing age die every day in Nigeria due to pregnancy-related complications, especially in rural areas where women represent between 60 to 70 per cent of the labour force.
The general manager pointed out that an estimated 20 per cent (10 million) of the world out-of-school children in Nigeria, 60 per cent (six million) of whom are girls, lack adequate medical care which later affects their physical, mental and psychological growth.
Dr. Zamba commended CHESTRAD GlobaL for the initiative, maintaining that the partnership would further reduce child and maternal death while enhancing the physical, mental and psychological growth of children.
She, therefore, called on other international agencies, donors and philanthropists to support the agency in ensuring that Lagos residents, both the rich and poor, have access to good healthcare in order to enhance their productivity and improve their lifestyles.