FG to Compensate Health Workers with Insurance Package

The Federal Government has made known its commitment to ensure all health workers who are at the frontline of the fight against Coronavirus pandemic will be handsomely insured.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said this in Abuja yesterday.

“Adequate insurance, adequate compensation, and support during and in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic” will be given frontline health workers, she said.

Ahmed explained that the hazards they will be insured against include pathogen exposure, long working hours, psychological distress, fatigue, occupational burnout, stigma as well as physical and psychological violence.

The minister added that government “would be engaging the insurance industry to package special health care insurance which is life insurance for health care workers.”

She also commended the brave frontline health workers, saying the Federal Government is “taking steps to activate, release and (where necessary) enhance the hazard allowances provided in the remuneration structure of the Federal health sector workers.”
The Federal Government, according to Ahmed , “recognises the patriotism and sacrifice of our frontline healthcare workers, whose critical roles in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic place their health and lives at risk.”

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