Nigeria’s Front-line Health Workers Battling COVID-19 Get New Allowance

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The Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora has confirmed that commencement of payment of the Upgraded Hazard allowance for Front-line Health workers.

Disclosing this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, Mamora said the new incentive including the insurance scheme was a fall- out of an MoU signed between the Federal Government and representatives unions under the health sector.

According to him, the upgraded allowance include Special COVlD-19 Hazard and Inducement Allowance of 50% of the consolidated basic salary which is to be paid to all Health Workers in all Federal Government Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres, designated COVlD-19 Centres and Primary Health Care Centres to last for the first three months in the first instance.

He said 40% of consolidated basic salary would be paid as Special COVlD-19 Hazard and Inducement Allowance to health Care workers at Special Non-Public Hospitals and Clinics in Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the same three months.

Also, 20% of the consolidated basic salary will be paid as SPECIAL RISK ALLOWANCE additionally on the Special COVID-19 Hazard and Inducement Allowance to all health workers directly managing COVlD-19 at infectious Diseases Hospitals, Isolation and Treatment Centres.

10% of consolidated basic salary will be paid to non-core medical professionals working in the Health sector and operating at aforementioned Hospitals or Clinics as Special Allowance for the COVID-19 for the period of three months in the first instance.

Senator Mamora said the Presidential Task Force on COVlD-19 was also requested to provide additional insurance cover aside the above listed for Front-line Health Workers at Infectious Diseases Hospitals Isolation and Treatment Centres.

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