Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has released N13.8 million to three local governments for the execution of the daily feeding of 100,000 youths through local food vendors, as part of measures to cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown.
Sofo news reported that the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, is at the State House, Marina, after the governor briefed the media on COVID-19 update.
According to Ayinde, the exercise kicked off last weekend in three local government areas, which are, Ikeja, Agege and Alimosho. Tayo, who is the coordinator of the programme, said:
“The state government has commenced the daily feeding exercise. It has released N6.3 million to Ikeja Local Government Area, N4.5 million to Agege and N2 million to Alimosho.
“However, the chairmen of the six local governments that make up Alimosho promised to add N1 million each to the N2 million, making it a total of N8 million.
“We are doing this in phases, as we have the target to cover the remaining 20 local government areas, in the first instance before the lockdown expires.”
Lagos State Government has launched “Eko Telemed” initiative aimed to further protect the citizens and reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.
The General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency, LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, who disclosed this via the online launch, said with effect from Wednesday, April 22, residents in the state would have access to highly-trained and experienced medical doctors for non-emergency primary care advice via voice or video call without going out from their homes.
Zamba said that doctors and case managers would be available 24 hours on Eko Telemed to provide medical services to the residents for a period of eight weeks, as the state continued to roll out its strategies for containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
She added that if further medical treatment is needed after due consultation with the medical doctors, non-COVID-19 cases would be referred to designated and empanelled healthcare providers under the Lagos State Health Scheme, LSHS, or where applicable, preferred healthcare providers.
Zamba, who commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving the project, said that Eko Telemed provided by LASHMA is part of COVID-19 response, appealed to the residents to tap into the opportunity in order for the state government to further protect their lives and family members as well as contain the spread of the virus.