The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has approved a hazard allowance ranging from N90,000 to N300,000 for health workers on the frontline of the state government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Obaseki disclosed this at a parley with labour union leaders in the state as part of activities that marked the International Labour Day at the Government House, Benin.
He said, “The Edo State Government has trained over 4,200 health-care workers in the state. We have also approved life insurance and special allowances for them. The allowances range from N90,000 to N300,000 depending on their cadre in the service.”
Meanwhile, the Edo State Government has received 14 tricycle ambulances equipped with other essential equipment to facilitate quick emergency response.
Receiving the tricycles from the Federal Government, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, thanked the Office of Sustainable Development Goals in the Presidency for the gesture, which he said was the third in the series of donations to the state.
He said, “This donation will help to complement what we have done in the health-care sector in Edo State, especially in the primary health-care system. This donation is important to us because it goes into the heart of our health-care reform in the state as it will help us to strengthen the system.”
“The primary health-care system is the base on which the state’s health-care system rests. We have taken time to invest in our primary health-care system as the health of our people is important to us; hence, we are doing all within our reach to ensure our people are fine”.
The focal person, SDGs Office, Edo State, Mrs Ifueko Alufohai, said the donation of the tricycle ambulances was meant to cater for quick emergency response needed to save more lives in the rural communities.
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