Covid-19: FG says doctors will get June hazard allowance soon

Covid-19: FG says doctors will get June hazard allowance soon

- Nigerian doctors have been handed a pleasant news

- The health officials fighting Covid-19 will soon receive their June hazard allowance

- The federal government said it is finalising arrangement to bring a smile to the faces of the doctors

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The federal government has assured that medical doctors at the forefront in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will soon receive their hazard allowance for the month of June.

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, gave the assurance following a meeting with the leadership of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday, August 6.

A statement by Charles Akpan, the deputy director of press and public relations of the ministry, also reiterated the pledge, saying despite the fall in revenues, doctors will have the last smile.

According to the minister, the federal government has put all measures in place to ensure that health personnel fighting the Covid-19 pandemic are paid their allowance.

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Covid-19: FG says doctors will get June hazard allowance soon
Nigerian doctors fighting Covid-19 will soon receive their June allowance. Credit: The Nation.
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Ngige said teaching hospitals and medical centres in the country have been directed to submit the list of names of their personnel who had some hitches in receiving their payments.

He said their names will be forwarded to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

It would be recalled that despite the increase in the cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Nigerian doctors announced a nationwide strike.

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of Nigeria announced that they commenced a nationwide “indefinite strike” on the morning of Monday, June 15, hours after COVID-19 cases in the country exceeded 16,000 with over 400 deaths.

Roland Aigbovo, the president of the ARD, confirmed this to the online medium over the phone but did not give further details.

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Similarly, in May, nurses in Ondo state staged a protest over the alleged poor handling of the coronavirus by the state government.

The nurses who were working in government hospitals blamed the state government for the rising cases of coronavirus among health workers in the state.

They accused the government of not doing enough in carrying out contact tracing of infected people in the state.

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