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Sterling Bank, LASHMA Expand Healthcare In Lagos With Virtual Booth

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LAGOS, NIGERIA – One of Africa’s fastest-growing companies and Nigeria’s leading financial institution, Sterling Bank, has joined forces with the Lagos State Government to expand the reach of its health care provision with the launch of the Ilera Eko Virtual Booth, designed to bring healthcare closer to the people and expand the reach of its health insurance scheme; Ilera Eko, across the state.

This announcement was made by Mr. Obinna Ukachukwu, Divisional Head of Business Growth at Sterling Bank, during the inaugural Lagos State Insurance Summit held in Lagos recently.

He said the bank and the Lagos State Health Management Agency; LASHMA plans to leverage technology to bring health these insurance booths to where most of the informal sector work, thus expanding the reach of healthcare services to residents of the state.

He noted that most residents earn daily pay from their trade locations, making it difficult for them to leave and go to the clinic when sick, hence the need for these first-line health services in various informal business clusters around the state. He remarked that LASHMA is very solutionleaning in its approach to healthcare distribution, hence this project became a reality.

He added that the bank will finance the building of all the booths and provide resources to aid their management. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, delivered a keynote address at the event, urging stakeholders to align with the National Health Insurance Authority Act and ensure compliance with the Lagos State Health Scheme law.

The governor, represented by the Permanent Secretary, of Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye said, “These services include a full range of essential health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. This is one of the major goals of the health and environment pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S+ agenda, with the ‘plus’ representing the incorporation of an intensified focus on social inclusion, gender equality and youth development in these next four years.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu continued by saying that about 300 of the unveiled booths will be strategically placed, in locations across Lagos State, and virtual access to doctors will be provided using telemedicine for consultations and diagnosis, with prescriptions to be taken to the nearest community pharmacy where the medication will be dispensed.

In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, stated that the Summit will serve as a critical platform for exchanging ideas and fostering innovation towards achieving universal healthcare coverage in the state.

Dr. Zamba expressed how the agency worked tirelessly over the last three years to create structures and operationalise the social health plan as part of strategies geared towards achieving universal healthcare
coverage.

Chairman of LASHMA Governing Board, Dr. Adebayo Adedewe remarked that establishing the Lagos State Health Scheme is a step in the right direction and an ideal model to ensure Lagosians have access to quality and affordable healthcare services.

The partnership between Sterling Bank and the Lagos State Government is a crucial step towards achieving Universal Health Coverage, ensuring essential healthcare services are accessible to all citizens, and improving the overall quality of life.

Renowned for its now famous HEART of Sterling strategy; which focuses primary investments in the Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation sectors of the Nigerian economy, its irreverent brand voice and enviable talent management practices, the bank has maintained and increased momentum in 2023 with her citation as Africa’s Most Valuable Commercial Bank Brand for 2023 by the African Brand Magazine, in a poll conducted by GeoPoll and Kantar; two of the world’s leading brand research firms, a top three employer in Nigeria by LinkedIn in the social network’s annual Top 25 List, and most recently, one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Africa by the prestigious Financial Times.

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Kwara Health Insurance Agency opens office in Lafiagi, Edu LG

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  • As govt restates commitment to deepen access to quality healthcare
  • About 4000 enrollees now accessing free medical care in Edu, Patigi: Dr. Jetawo-Winter

Kwara State Health Insurance Agency on Tuesday inaugurated another regional office in Lafiagi, Edu local government of the state to serve the people of Kwara North.

This comes two weeks after opening same at General Hospital Offa to render services for communities under Offa and Oyun local governments.

The Lafiagi’s office, which is located inside the General Hospital Lafiagi, is designed for communities in Edu, Patigi and some parts of Ifelodun local governments.

At the opening ceremony on Tuesday, the Kwara First Lady Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRazaq, said the step further demonstrates that the government is sensitive to the yearnings of people and their right to a decent life.

Represented by the wife of the TIC Chairman for Edu LG, Mrs. Aminat Aliyu, Ambassador AbdulRazaq implored the people in the catchment areas to embrace the programme to enhance their health status.

She hailed the leadership of Kwara State Health Insurance Agency for their ceaseless efforts to make the health policies and programmes of the administration a reality.

The First Lady said the government will not relent in its efforts and investments in projects that can raise the living standards of the citizens

The interactive session attracted the TIC Chairman for Edu LG Hon. Aliyu Labasa, represented by Hon Abdullahi Zainab; representative of the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Sanni Muhammad Lukpan; some community and religious leaders; healthcare providers from primary healthcare centers in Edu and Patigi; existing beneficiaries of the insurance scheme; and dozens of residents from Edu and Patigi.

Executive Secretary, state Health Insurance Agency, Dr Olubunmi Jetawo-Winter, in her introductory remarks, said the move to open regional offices in several parts of the state was to widen the awareness of people about the concept and deepen their access to the affordable healthcare services.

“Today, we are here and excited to officially open the second hub in the state, in the great town of Lafiaji.
This office will serve Edu, Pategi, and parts of Ifelodun LGAs of the state. These regional hubs will provide the same services to the people in these catchment areas, just as we would have provided from our office in Ilorin,” she said.

“We understand that because health insurance provision to the populace in Nigeria is still very new, we have an arduous task ahead of us to ensure that every resident of Kwara is familiar with the concept of health insurance, and understand the benefits that would accrue to them once they onboard”.

She said the insurance is the only financing vehicle available to subsidize health services and which draws in all segments of the population equitably for an improved access to quality of health services.

According to her, the insurance scheme is segmented into three groups. The first group is designed for the aged and vulnerable
people at no cost. The second group is for the artisans and with token registration sum, while the soon-to-be launched third category is for the civil servants and pensioners.

The Executive Secretary, while giving a breakdown of existing beneficiaries from Edu and Patigi, said the agency has captured at least 3,878 enrollees from the region, all of who, she explained, have since been accessing medical care through different health facilities.

“Currently, the enrollees from Edu and Patigi are as follows: Comprehensive Health Centre (169); District Health Unit, Lafiagi (217); Maternity/Clinic Bacita (226); Maternity/ Dispensary, Tsaragi (219); Model Primary Healthcare Gbadagun (152); Model Primary Healthcare Kanka (173); General Hospital Lafiagi (793); General Hospital Patigi (893); Comprehensive Health Centre Rogun (92); Infant Welfare Clinic Patigi (311); Maternity and Dispensary Rifun (153); Model Primary Healthcare Kpada (208); and
PHC Edogi Kpansanako (272).

She urged other residents of Lafiagi, Patigi and their neighbouring communities who have not enrolled their families to do so, saying that it would earn them access to quality and cheap medical services.

Chief Medical Director (CMD), General Hospital Lafiagi, Dr. Saliu Bolakale, said the size of people that enrolled for the programme has continued to increase, thereby lending credence to the health intervention of the administration.

He listed laboratory tests and treatment of malaria, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as antenatal and postnatal care as parts of services they render under the insurance programme.

Mallam Abdullahi Sambo and Mallam Ibrahim Haruna are among the enrollees who gave testimonies about the benefits they have been enjoying from the health initiative, commending the government for its people-focused projects.

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Sanofi collaborates with the Delta State Government to enhance diabetes care accessibility

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(L-R): Dr. Stephane GOKOU, Global Affordable Strategy Lead, Sanofi General Medicines; Dr. Philomena Okeowo, Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health; and Dr. Joseph Onojaeme, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Delta State at the signing of partnership agreement between Sanofi and Delta State Ministry of Health in Asaba, Delta State recently

Asaba, Nigeria, September 21, 2023. Sanofi is continuing to strengthen its long-standing commitment to access to diabetes care in low- and middle-income countries and underserved communities, where comprehensive care has not been widely available, through a series of innovative partnerships with healthcare authorities.

Sanofi, on 21st September 2023, signed a two-year collaboration agreement with the Delta State Government in Nigeria, a milestone marked at a ceremony held in Asaba, the capital city of Delta State.

Under the collaboration agreement, the healthcare authorities in Delta State can purchase affordable Sanofi analogue insulin products. In addition, Sanofi will provide a digital solution to support physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and community healthcare practitioners to engage with, educate and monitor patients to improve diabetes management and support a targeted medical training program for 700 healthcare professionals.

Speaking on the collaboration, Dr. Joseph Onojaeme, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Delta State, said: “We face unique healthcare challenges, and the growing burden of diabetes is indeed a matter of great concern. Our region bears a heavy burden when it comes to diabetes. Addressing this challenge is a shared responsibility that transcends boundaries and sectors. The government of Delta State welcomes this partnership with Sanofi and we remain committed to the success of the initiative.”

Also commenting, Dr. Stephane GOKOU, Global Affordable Strategy Lead, Sanofi General Medicines said: “We see delivering better care and improving the quality-of-life of those living with diabetes as part of our shared responsibility with healthcare systems. We are committed to playing our part to address significant unmet need and are proud to work closely with the Delta State Government in Nigeria. The partnership we now begin in Delta State builds on a model already deployed in Ghana. This allows us to learn from previous experience. Working with the health authorities in Delta State means the interventions we make will be tailored to address specific local needs and have the greatest impact for those with diabetes or at risk.”

This joint approach to developing comprehensive diabetes care with Delta State government becomes imperative as Africa is predicted to experience the highest increase in diabetes cases globally. The number of people on the continent living with the disease is predicted by the International Diabetes Federation to rise by 129% from 24m in 2021 to 55m by 2045. Under-diagnosis is also widespread. IDF estimates suggest 3,623,500₁ adults in Nigeria live with diabetes (3.7% prevalence of diabetes in adults), the majority being Type 2 while an estimated 51,035² children and adolescents (0-19 years) live with Type 1 diabetes.

The partnership in Nigeria aligns with the Affordable Access pillar of Sanofi’s approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR). The CSR strategy is one of three major elements of the company’s multi-tiered approach to social impact. This also includes Sanofi Global Health, a non-profit unit aiming to increase access to healthcare in the lowest income countries, and Foundation S, the Sanofi collective dedicated to philanthropy.

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Introducing Vitalyti Africa: Redefining Healthcare Access and Delivery services in Nigeria

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Vitalyti Africa, a game-changing and innovative brand, is making its mark in the healthcarge landscape with a mission to assist diasporans in obtaining optimal healthcare for their parents in Nigeria.

With a unique drive for a seamless delivery of an all-inclusive health and wellness system, Vitalyti Africa aims to bridge gaps in healthcare services, by transforming the way individuals, especially the aged, in Nigeria access and experience healthcare.

Recognising the urgent need to provide access to comprehensive healthcare for diasporans with aging
parents in Nigeria, Vitalyti Africa has developed a groundbreaking platform that offers personalised
digital healthcare solutions tailored to individual to secure top-notch healthcare services for their loved
ones back home. By partnering with a diverse network of healthcare providers, the brand ensures that
users have access to a wide range of medical services, from health insurance plans, remote care
management, specialised treatments, to medication delivery.

Vitalyti Africa envisions a future where healthcare disparities are
eradicated and everyone can enjoy a healthier life.

With Vitalyti Africa’s visionary mission to enhance healthcare accessibility for diasporans’ parents in Nigeria, the brand is poised !to improve the healthcare landscape, offering not just medical services, but a promise of improved quality of life and peace of mind for families separated by oceans and continents.

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