In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 09th, September, 2020

FG Pays 20 Billion COVID-19 Allowance To Well being Employees

FG Pays 20 Billion COVID-19 Allowance To Health Workers

Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of State for Well being, says the Federal Authorities has paid as much as N20bn in COVID-19 inducement allowance to medical doctors and well being employees within the nation.

The minister, who applauded all front-line well being employees within the nation within the combat towards the COVID-19 pandemic, made this recognized on Wednesday morning whereas that includes on Channels Tv‘s programme, Dawn Each day.

About 16,000 medical doctors have downed software over the federal government’s lack of ability to satisfy their calls for together with insurance coverage bundle, cost of the excellent COVID-19 inducement allowances in addition to the cost of medical residency coaching funding, amongst others.

The medical doctors had additionally referred to as for the upward overview of their hazard allowance from the sum of N5,000 which they described as “paltry”.

“The Federal Authorities has not invited us to a gathering after we notified them that we are going to be continuing on strike. We now have directed all our members throughout the nation each federal and state establishments to recommence the strike we suspended on June 22, 2020,”
the Nigeria Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors had stated whereas it commenced the indefinite strike on Monday.

However talking on Wednesday, Mamora stated it’s regrettable that the form of scenario is going on at this time limit when the nation is grappling with a pandemic.

He stated the N5,000 hazard allowance for medical doctors and well being employees within the nation which has been in existence for about 30 years was suspended for the interval of the pandemic.

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He stated, “We now have been in a position to pay the COVID-19 inducement allowance as a result of we needed to droop the hazard allowance for this era in order that we will go into renegotiation after.

“We are actually paying ranging from 50 per cent of the essential of the employees relying on the place the purpose of operation is. We had been in a position to pay April, Might full, June, a part of it has been paid however not absolutely paid and it’s due to the financial scenario and these funds should be sourced for in some way.

“We’ve been in a position to disbursed near N20bn and I repeat near 20bn. So, to now say nothing has been executed, that isn’t true.”

On the insurance coverage bundle for well being employees who pay the last word worth on the road of obligation, the minister stated, “Each employee within the Federal Civil Service is entitled to the Group Life Insurance coverage Scheme which is domiciled within the workplace of the top of Civil Service of the Federation.

“We mentioned this in our earlier engagements with the medical doctors and we did say that you’ll want to provide you with this data and all of the related officers, significantly within the workplace of the top of Civil Service of the Federation had been current in order that they (medical doctors) will know who to direct all this stuff to.

“What we simply do within the ministry of well being is the supervision of the method. So, when a well being employee dies and he was an worker of the Federal Authorities, the data involves us, goes to our Human Sources Directorate and it’s processed. Ours is to do a follow-up however the workplace of the top of Civil Service will get this stuff executed as a result of they’re the one which interface with insurance coverage corporations as a result of it’s a group of insurance coverage corporations that handle this course of.

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“However what we’ve found is that a few of the time, the suitable data shouldn’t be made accessible. For instance, we’ve requested the varied federal tertiary hospitals to provide you with their nominal function so we all know who’s on that record and stands to profit within the occasion that dying, sadly, occurs. We made that clear and the medical doctors stated they now perceive higher.”

Mamora additionally stated the medical residency coaching funding which is without doubt one of the agitation of the medical doctors has been captured within the Revised 2020 Finances however authorities bureaucracies and processes had been delaying its implementation and cost.

“The problem of residency programme gulped N4bn and it has been captured within the finances and it has been appropriated however you recognize authorities processes are typically by some means sluggish. So, it’s simply the implementation by way of documentations that continues to be. The medical doctors themselves can verify,”
he added.

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