Revamp LASODA Now –Fmr. Lagos SA Says
By Olamide Fadoju
Immediate past Special Adviser to the Lagos State governor on Social Development, Joyce Onafowokan has called for a total overhaul of the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) due to its failure to impose the free health care law for disabled persons.
Onafowokan made this call while speaking with WemimoAdewuni and Sheriff Quadri on Nigeria Info FM 99.3 programme, Morning Crossfire.
She lamented LASODA’s failure to enforce the Lagos State Special People’s law (LSSPL 2015) on free health services for disabled children which should enable children with disabilities access free medical services from state hospitals in the state.
According to Onafowokan, “there is a special people’s law (2015) that says there is free medical for every child in Lagos State if you have a disability. But again these parents take their kids to the hospital and they ask them to pay.”
Narrating her experience while in office, the former Special Adviser said she got calls from parents she had asked to go to state hospitals complaining about being asked to pay for health services.
“I tell whoever is asking them to pay, I am coming to pay but you better give me a receipt that sayspayment is coming straight to my office,” she said.
Onafowokan insists that LASODA has not lived up to expectation and “needs to step up to the plate, to accept the responsibility” as the link “between the parents or adults with disability and the rest of the state.”
However, she expressed her optimism and declared: “hopefully, with this administration, they will improve and the parents can feel free to visit LASODA to complain that they went to the hospital and were asked to pay.”
The Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) was established to implement the LSSPL. It seeks to uphold the rights of all persons living with any form of disability in Lagos State.