The Association of Resident Doctors in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria is appealing to Governor Nyesom Wike to start the promised payment of hazard allowances to frontline workers fighting COVID-19 in the state.
The President of the association in the Rivers State Teaching Hospital, Dr. Josephine Sokolo, revealed that seven of its members tested positive for the coronavirus due to the poor working condition.
Sokolo, who spoke in Port Harcourt, lamented the plight of healthcare workers in the state.
The association urged the Governor to follow the steps of the Federal Government in increasing the hazard allowance of healthcare workers to 50% of their basic salaries.
Sokolo also demanded a life insurance policy be put in place so that if anything happens to any health worker, their families won’t be rendered bankrupt.