Ensuring the safety and comfort of forefront health workers in Ghana, the government in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, is making available a free ‘Aayalolo’ buses to convey health workers in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa, to and from work, along specific routes.
He indicated that the free transportation for these health workers will last for the entire duration of the restrictions.
“It is vital that we protect the lives of our frontline health workers, who are risking their lives every day to battle this virus.
That is why Government is placing a high priority on the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for them”. The President emphasized.
The President also promised them of an insurance package, with an assured sum of three hundred and fifty thousand cedis (GH¢350,000) for each health personnel and allied professional at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, with a daily allowance of one hundred and fifty cedis (GH¢150) being paid to contact tracers.
The Government, He said, has also decided that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June.
Adding that all frontline health workers will receive an additional allowance of fifty percent (50%) of their basic salary per month, i.e. for March, April, May and June. The March allowance will be paid alongside that of April.
He disclosed this in his address to the nation on the latest update on Ghana’s enhanced response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
As at today, Sunday, 5th April, 2020, our current situation is such that we have recorded a total of two hundred and fourteen (214) cases.
The Greater Accra Region has one hundred and eighty-nine (189) cases, followed by the Ashanti Region with twelve (12), Northern Region ten (10), Upper West Region one (1), Eastern Region one (1), and Upper East Region one (1).
The ten from the Northern Region are the West African nationals who entered our country illegally, after the closure of the borders.