$75 Million COVID-19 Funds Availed For Healthcare Workers

Treasury this week released $75 million towards the compensation of health workers who were infected by COVID-19 in the line of duty, the Health Services Board (HSB) has confirmed.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) last year announced that government employees who contract the coronavirus in their line of duty will be entitled to financial benefits.

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Those who succumb to COVID-19 in their line of duty would be entitled to a full year’s salary paid to their family, on top of the usual benefits associated with their work.

Speaking to The Herald soon after the just-ended eighth continental 2021 Africa Public Services Day (APSD) in Victoria Falls, Health Services Board chair Paulinus Sikhosana said:

A total of 4 444 health workers have been infected by Covid-19 and so far, those that were paid are 432, which is a total of $23 million. The delays in payment were due to administrative factors.

The other issue is that we can only consider health staff if they themselves initiate and submit and apply for compensation.

That has been the major limiting factor because the administrations in some of our institutions and even the associations themselves have not been availing of that information promptly.

… This week we received an additional $75 million from Treasury towards the compensation of health workers and this will cover about 1 367 additional claims from the health workers.

More: The Herald

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