Nigeria’s Health Minister Says He’s Unaware If COVID-19 Health Workers Are Paid Hazard Allowance

Osagie Ehanire Ministry of Health OnoBello

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, has revealed that he is not aware if medical doctors and other health practitioners battling COVID-19 patients at the frontline in Nigeria are paid any hazard allowance.

Ehanire disclosed this at a meeting between the lawmakers and the members of the presidential task force on COVID-19 to discuss ongoing trends on the pandemic in the country at the national assembly in Abuja on Thursday.

When Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who had similarly noted last week that COVID-19 has terribly exposed Nigeria’s poor healthcare system about the “hazard allowance” for doctors, nurses and health workers at the front line at risk of getting the disease, Ehanire said: “I am not aware of it.”

He added: “It is the standard job they do every day; it is the standard job.” In response, Gbajabiamila told the minister it is not enough to say he is not aware, and “you dropped the ball”. Online reports revealed that while Nigerian medical doctors earn a monthly hazard allowance of N5,000, it is yet to be increased even in the face of the pandemic.

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