12,000 health workers to get Covid-19 risk allowance next week

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Government is going to pay the health-risk allowance to 12,000 government employees in the federal capital Islamabad next week. 

On Monday, while briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Services, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan assured a parliamentary committee that 12,000 employees will get health-risk allowance in the capital.

In the meeting chaired by MNA Khalid Hussain Magsi, SAPM said that a list of the 12,000 employees had been forwarded to the Finance Division but due to some objections it was returned. 

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According to the Grand Health Alliance Islamabad Chairman Dr Asfandyar Khan, told the media that the ministry of NHS had moved a summary to the Finance Division to pay the health-risk allowance to clinical and non-clinical employees of the health facilities. 

Moreover, the Finance Division believed that the allowance should be given to the healthcare workers who directly dealt with the Covid patients and non-clinical employees working in kitchens, accounts and administration should not get it, he said. 

He said according to the ministry, “five basic paywould be given to the clinical employees and only one basic pay to the non-clinical staff.” 

“We are thankful to Dr Sultan and the secretary health for taking personal interest and assuring us that the health-risk allowance worth Rs 2 billion would be paid to the employees. We have suggested that during the current financial year the allowance should be paid every month,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the standing committee unanimously passed ‘The Islamabad Healthcare Regulations (Amendment) Bill 2021’ moved by MNA Dr Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto. 

The bill proposed that the healthcare authority should take steps to prevent persons from fraudulently practicing the healthcare profession, will be helpful to make anti-quackery cells or teams to take actions against small hospitals, clinics operating in the suburbs of cities.

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