The Government has assured civil servants who contract coronavirus while on duty that they will be fully looked after while they recover, even if there are complications that delay full recovery.
Public Service Commission Secretary Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe revealed that the Government was now granting up to six months of sick leave on full-pay as well as paying all medical bills of front-line health staff who contract the highly infectious disease. said Wutawunashe:
There is normal coverage of the medical expenses for all civil servants, and we are also taking care of the medical expenses for frontline workers.
We have said most Government workers should work from home. You will recall that we said 15 per cent should report for their workplaces physically and that move is receiving huge support.
But we realised that there is a need for more adjustments to cater for those who are going to work, risking their health and life to provide essential services to the people.
As Government, we are very grateful for the sacrifices and effort being put by our workers during this period.
Generally, civil servants are entitled to 90 days’ sick-leave on full salary if they are incapacitated by ill-health.
While most COVID-19 patients recover quickly, there have been cases in other countries of people who suffer from complications and recurring symptoms.
Recently, the Government awarded all its workers a flat US$75 a month COVID-19 relief allowance an interim relief measure pending the outcome of negotiations on salaries.