The Federal Government says that a total of 55,031 health workers in 35 COVID-19 designated hospitals and medical centres have benefited from the special hazard allowances.
As of Sunday, the hazard allowance paid to frontline health workers was a total of N4,642,485,146.00.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced this at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige was also present.
Mohammed said the government had also paid N9 billion as premium for Group Life Insurance to all health workers.
He stated the payment of COVID-19 special hazard inducement allowances was based on four templates, “50 per cent of Consolidated Basic Salary to all workers in COVID-19 designated hospitals and centres; 40 per cent of Consolidated Basic Salary to health workers in non-COVID-19 designated centres and hospitals; 10 per cent of Consolidated Basic Salary to non-health professionals engaged in those centres; and 20 per cent of Consolidated Basic Salary special allowance to all health workers directly managing COVID-19 patients in Treatment and Isolation Centres,” he said.
He added, “Despite the payment of the hazard allowance and the group life insurance, the provision of PPE as well as addressing other issues raised by the resident doctors, they still opted to proceed on strike.
“This is happening at a time the nation is battling a pandemic of immense proportions.
“This inexplicable strike is a dangerous setback for the nation’s efforts at tackling the pandemic.”