Ghana president extends covid-19 stimulus for health workers by 3 months
London, June 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ghana president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended by three months the incentive packages (covid-19 stimulus)for frontline health workers battling coronavirus
Addressing the nation on Sunday, June 28, 2020, the president said, “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 the additional allowance of fifty per cent (50%) of their basic salary per month, i.e. for July, August and September.”
He added, the implementation of this directive for the months of April, May and June have been fraught with some challenges, caused, mainly, by the protracted discussions over the definition of who qualifies as “frontline health workers” in this context.
“I have, however, been assured that they have now been resolved, and payments will be affected from the end of June. I should reiterate that the insurance package for health workers is still in place,” Akufo-Addo stated.
The President, however, urged the frontline health workers to remain professional and compassionate in their handling of COVID-19 cases. “Every avoidable death, be it corona-related or not, is a tragedy.”
He, therefore, reminded Ghanaians to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols i.e. the enhanced social distancing and hygiene protocols which will not only save lives but also prevent the healthcare infrastructure from being overburdened.
“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. We must keep our 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,” Akufo-Addo said.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s total confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus has risen to 17,351.
This was announced by the president during his 13th televised address to the nation.
This means that the country has recorded 609 new cases since the last update by the Ghana Health Service.
The total number of persons who have recovered from the novel COVID-19 has also increased to 12,994.
Ghana currently has 4,345 active cases with 112 deaths.
“As of Saturday, 27 June 2020, our country has recorded 17,351 confirmed cases, with 12,994 recoveries, representing some 75% of positives. This means that, currently, we have 4,245 active cases, having conducted 294,867 tests, one of the highest on the continent.
“30 persons are severely and critically ill, and we have a total of 112 sad deaths, constituting 0.6% of positives, as we maintain one of the lowest death rates in the world,” Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said in his address.