According to the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Federal Government has paid up to N20bn in COVID-19 inducement allowance to doctors and health workers in the country.
The minister made this known on Wednesday morning during Channels Television‘s Sunrise Daily where he applauded all front-line health workers amid the fight against the pandemic.
About 16,000 doctors have downed tools over the government’s inability to meet their demands including insurance package, payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance as well as the payment of medical residency training funding, The Punch reports.
Recall that the newspaper also reported that the doctors called for the upward review of their hazard allowance from the sum of N5,000 which they described as “paltry” and resulted to an indefinite strike on Monday.
But speaking on Wednesday during the programme, Mamora said it is regrettable that this is happening at a time when the nation is grappling with a pandemic. He said the N5,000 hazard allowance for doctors and health workers in the country which has been in existence for about 30 years was suspended for the period of the pandemic.
He reportedly said, “We have been able to pay the COVID-19 inducement allowance because we had to suspend the hazard allowance for this period so that we can go into renegotiation after.
“We are now paying starting from 50 per cent of the basic of the workers depending on where the point of operation is. We were able to pay April, May full, June, part of it has been paid but not fully paid and it is because of the economic situation and these funds have to be sourced for one way or the other.
“We’ve been able to disbursed close to N20bn and I repeat close to 20bn. So, to now say nothing has been done, that is not true.”
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