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Kogi Approves Insurance, Hazard Allowance For Health Workers

Kogi Approves Insurance, Hazard Allowance For Health Workers

Kogi State Governor  Yahaya Bello has announced  full insurance  for  health workers  involved in the fight against coronavirus spread in the state.

The state government also   said it had increased their hazard allowance from N30, 000  to N50,000 to encourage them to put in their best.

The governor made the announcement  on Thursday night in Lokoja when officials of the Nigeria Centre  for Disease Control led by Dr Noah Andrew visited him.

He said  the moves were aimed at boosting the health workers’ confidence.

Bello  told the  NCDC delegation that the state Ministry of Health had deployed health workers  in   the 239 wards making up  the state, as well as  two officials  who would  sensitise residents  to the dangers of the virus in each of the wards.

He said, “We have set up three modern isolation/containment centres in the state with  130 bed spaces.

“It is our prayer and our determination that these isolation centres will remain vacant until the pandemic is over.

“We have provided emergency and toll-free numbers for the general public to call in and report suspected cases of Covid-19. We have also fielded many of such calls. All of them turned out to be false alarms upon investigation and did not meet the criteria from the NCDC for cases which should be  sampled for testing.

“We cannot manufacture cases in order to be counted among the states which have recorded same.”

“As governor I hear there are ‘benefits’ for having COVID-19 cases in your state. But  I am not interested.”

The governor said the state had resolved to comply with the  NCDC’s directive by  keeping  government officials in isolation  for 14 days and take their samples to ensure they are COVID-19 free.

Andrew  said  two members of the team would be left behind to help the state and support the state government’s efforts to  stop the spread of  coronavirus to Kogi.

He urged residents  to observe social distancing and use face mask at all times as part of the measures to fight the killer disease.

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