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COVID-19: FG approves N8.9bn hazard allowance to Health workers

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19 has announced that President Muhammed Buhari graciously approved additional N8.9bn for COVID-19 hazard allowance to all medical health workers, while procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hospitals and isolation centres will be given priority.

The Chairman of PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha made this known at the Press Conference in Abuja on Thursday, he said over the past one week a lot discussion in the public space has happened around the strike action by doctors and threats by other Unions in the health sector. He added that appreciable progress has been made in the negotiations to resolve the issues. “I must underscore the fact that we are in a global public health emergency situation that has impacted negatively on all aspects of our lives including the economy and finances of government.

“This has made it imperative for all citizens irrespective of their professions and particularly health workers to re-awaken their sense of humanity and patriotism. The health and survival of our dear nation is important and we should eschew any action that will diminish the gains made in the containment of the pandemic so far”, he said.

He reiterated that all travelers arriving in Nigeria must have tested negative for COVID-19 by PCR in country of departure pre-boarding and the PCR test must be done within 72-96 hours before departure. “It is also important to note that passengers are required to remain in self-isolation post-arrival and should undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test in a designated private laboratory by the seventh day after arrival.

“The PTF is aware of and working with our partners to speedily resolve the teething challenges faced by intending travellers in accessing the portal, the costs of the test on arrival, inability to complete payment online and consequential inability to board. We therefore apologise to everyone that had experienced these challenges using the platform.

“We therefore apologise to everyone that had experienced these challenges using the platform. We assure all Nigerians and visitors to Nigeria that the PTF is working across multi-layer stakeholder platforms to ease the bottlenecks”, he said.

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