With the surge in cases in the coronavirus, the government on April 5 2020, announced a package for health personnel for three months. However, these health workers have been graced with good news as the government has extended the Covid-19 incentive for health workers by 3 months.
President Akufo Addo in his thirteenth televised address to the state announced that as part of efforts to motivate health workers, he has increased the Covid-19 incentive package by 3 months in recognition of their immense support and efforts to fight against Covid-19 in Ghana.
“This is in part due to the immense dedication and hard work being exhibited by our health workers, who continue to care for those who are affected by the virus and for the sick in general. In recognition of their efforts, I announced during my fifth address to the nation, on Sunday 5th April, 2020, an incentive package to motivate and express appreciation to all health workers for the months of April, May and June. I am happy to announce that I have decided to extend the health package for health workers by another three months” he stated.
Furthermore, this Covid-19 incentive package for health workers which has been extended for three months spanning July, August and September. This incentive would include no payment of income taxes for the next three months, namely, July, August and September. Secondly, all frontline health workers as defined by the Ministry of Health will continue to receive their additional allowance of 50% of their basic salary a month.
“This means that all health workers will pay no income taxes for the next three months, i.e, July, August and September. Again, all frontline health workers as defined by the Ministry of Health will continue to receive an additional allowance of 50% of their basic salary per month, i.e, July, August and September” he added.
However, the president acknowledged that the implementation of the initial package was fraught with some challenges because of the protracted discussions over the definition and who qualifies to fall under frontline “health worker” in this country. As a result, payments will be effected from the end of June since that protracted challenge has been resolved.
“I know the implementation of the package has been fraught with some challenges caused mainly by the protracted discussions over the definition of who qualifies to be a frontline health worker in this context. I have however been assured that now it has been resolved and payments would be effected from the end of June. I should reiterate that the insurance package for health workers is still in place”.
Tomorrow, Monday, 29th June, over 17,439 schools are going to be reopened for academic work to take place just as has been done by the Senior High and Tertiary levels.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI