The Federal Government says it has paid ₦20 billion as COVID-19 allowance to Health Workers in the Country.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, who spoke on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, explained that the Federal Government had to stop the payment of hazard allowance to the Health Workers because of renegotiation with them.
He added that: “We were able to pay April, May full, June, part of it has been paid but not fully paid and it’s because of the economic situation and these funds have to be sourced for one way or the other.”
The Minister noted that the funds were paid to “Federal Health Institutions” across the Country including Federal Medical Centres (FMCs), teaching Hospitals among others.
On the ₦5,000 hazard allowance for Doctors and Health Workers, the Minister stated that the payment has existed in the Country for about 30 years but was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.