President Akufo-Addo Extends Incentive Packages For Health Workers By Additional 3-Months
As part of measures of boosting their day to day activities as the country battles the deadly coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo has extended incentive package for health workers by another three (3) months.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the move means that all health workers will pay no income taxes for the next three months, i.e. July, August and September.
In his 13th Address to the nation on measures put in place against the spread of coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo said "Again, all frontline health workers, as defined by the Ministry of Health, will continue to receive the additional allowance of fifty percent (50%) of their basic salary per month, i.e. for July, August and September"
He added that the implementation of the directive for the months of April, May and June has been fraught with some challenges, caused, mainly, by the protracted discussions over the definition of who qualifies as “frontline health workers” in this context.
He mentioned that all previous issues have now been resolved, and payments will be effected from the end of June adding that the insurance package for health workers is still in place.
"Whilst we appreciate the efforts of our health workers, I continue to urge them to remain professional and compassionate. Every avoidable death, be it corona-related or not, is a tragedy" he confirmed.
President Akufo-Addo reminded all to rubbish the criticisms adding that adhering to the enhanced social distancing and hygiene protocols will not only save our lives, but also prevent our healthcare infrastructure from being over-burdened.
He said "Let us wash our hands with soap under running water, use alcohol-based sanitizers, maintain the protocols on social distancing, avoid person to person contact, eat our local foods that boost our immune systems, and, yes, wear masks at all times when we leave our homes. These are the weapons of our battle"
The sitting president advised the populace to be keep their guard up at all times, and see to it that sooner, rather than later, COVID-19 becomes nothing but a blip on our forward march to sustained development, progress and prosperity.
"I have been very encouraged by how our religious leaders have supported and embraced the fight against COVID-19, despite their concerns with some elements of the prescribed safety protocols and guidelines. I will continue to engage with them and other stakeholders, in our efforts to defeat the virus" he said.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith