Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
Queen of Netherlands, Her Majesty, Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti on Tuesday said she is impressed by the initiatives of Lagos State government to improve service delivery especially towards expanding access to affordable healthcare in the state.
Queen Maxima said this during a courtesy visit she paid to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as part of efforts to advance the United Nation’s Financial Inclusion Advocacy as a vehicle to alleviate poverty and fostering equitable economic growth in Nigeria.
The queen, who was visiting Nigeria for the first time in the last five years, in her capacity as the Special Advocate to United Nations’ Secretary General on financial inclusion for development, while noting that it was important for governments to prioritize access to affordable healthcare, particularly lauded the health insurance scheme of the state government, which legal framework had already been put in place.
According to her, Governor Ambode deserved commendation for coming up with such laudable effort. “Today I had opportunity to visit two clinics in the state where I saw the new pilot project in which you (Governor Ambode) has also started looking into which is to make health insurance possible even to the poorest of the people. “I was very impressed by the leadership that the State of Lagos has taken as to coming up with a law which makes health insurance mandatory and also to be able to plan for the future and you are already doing some credit to some health facilities which off course will improve efficiency of a lot of these institutions. I commend you for your efforts and I will like to know from you Mr Governor what is your commitment on the future in this field,” she said.
Governor Ambode, in his response, said the Health Insurance Scheme of the state government aimed at expanding access and scaling up healthcare delivery in the State would commence in early 2018.
According to him, the legal framework to guide the implementation