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Buhari approves N8.9bn hazard allowance for health workers

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By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved additional N8.9bn as hazard allowance for all health workers.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced this during the task force’s media briefing in Abuja.

He recalled the recently called industrial action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) as well as threat by other professionals in the health sector had dominated public discourse in the last few days.

“I am pleased to announce that Mr. President has graciously approved additional N8.9bn for COVID-19 hazard allowance to all medical health workers.

In addition, the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hospitals and isolation centres will be given priority,” Mustapha said.

He also noted as part of efforts to restart the economy, Nigeria reopened the international airspace on 5th September with flights allowed into Lagos and Abuja for now while other International Airports will follow in due course.

The SGF added the PTF had also released the guidelines and protocols regarding the international flights, the obligations of airlines, the pre-boarding conditions and post-boarding choices available to passengers regarding arrangements and facilities for testing.

Speaking further, the SGF said to promote community engagement, the PTF met with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Polio and Primary Health Care, to discuss on how to control community spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

He disclosed the royal fathers pledged their commitment and continued support as custodians of the rich history and cultures of our peoples.

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