The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has urged the federal government to handle issues of COVID-19 special allowance for health workers with caution, to avoid another round of crisis in the sector. JOHESU president, Josiah Biobelemoye, who gave the advice during an interview with Journalists in Abuja, accused the Ministry of Health of making frantic efforts to distort the agreement earlier signed between the health professionals, unions, and the federal government.
According to him, the federal government and the health professionals, in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) they signed, agreed that all categories of health workers in the federal government Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres will be paid 50% of their Consolidated Basic Salary as Special COVID-19 Hazard and Inducement Allowance.
He said instead of using Paragraph 1(a) of the agreement, the Ministry of Health, has changed it and was using Paragraph 1(d), which according to him, was meant for a different purpose and intent. “The unions have gone into an agreement. Although that was not our best option, the ministry of health is turning it upside down.
“Since hazard does not discriminate, therefore, the position of JOHESU is that hazard should be flat rate. Since it used to be N5,000, they should just improve it and make it flat rate. Other allowances can vary, but hazard allowance should be flat. This is because no causative agent will say this is a non-professional, I will harm him less. Therefore, we want the hazard allowance to be flat rate.
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