Health Care Workers Have Criticized The Lack of Payment of The New Hazard Allowance
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Health Care Workers Have Criticized The Lack of Payment of The New Hazard Allowance

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Seven months after it was announced, the Federal Government has yet to start implementing the higher hazard allowance for health professionals.

The federal government raised the hazard allowances that apply to healthcare employees at all of its facilities across the nation in December 2021.

The increase was announced in a circular from the chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission dated December 22, 2021, with reference SWC/S/04/S.218/11/406.

Concerning the evaluation of the hazard allowance applicable to healthcare professionals working for federal hospitals, clinics, and medical centers inside departments, agencies, and ministries, it stated, in part,

“Health professionals on the CONHESS salary structure had their hazard allowance evaluated from N5,000 to between N15,000 and N34,000, while doctors on CONMESS had theirs reviewed from N5,000 to between N32,000 and N40,000.”

Health professionals in the nation, however, told our correspondent that the evaluated hazard allowance had not been put into practice.

A hazard allowance is an additional payment made to workers who are doing physically demanding or dangerous labor.

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Dr. Alfa Yusuf, the National Association of Resident Physicians’ publicity and social secretary, stated: “The hazard allowance has been promised since last year, but nothing has been heard about it. The government is doing little to address the fact that many of our members have died due to various risks.

We will review the progress made thus far and take a final position in two weeks, but we can’t guarantee there will be industrial harmony. Our demands are overdue.

Additionally, Dr. Obinna Ogbonna, national president of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, stated, “We expected we would receive the increased allowance when we were paid in July, but we have not been paid.”

The government has been encouraged to implement the higher hazard allowance as promised by Prof. Mike Ogirima, a former president of the Nigerian Medical Association.

“It’s disappointing that months after the circular was published, the Federal Government has not kept its word. I hope the government will take the appropriate action and put the agreement into effect.

The Federal Government was criticized for not living up to expectations by Emmanuel Okoro, a professor of medicine at the University of Ilorin. He said, “The government on its own, said the N5, 000 hazard allowance was poor and reviewed it and hasn’t paid since last year.” They then stated that they would wait till the budget was released. When the budget was presented, it was decided to delay implementation until March. Even though July has ended, nothing has happened.

“The government has been given two weeks by the resident doctors to respond to their demands, and I hope they do so to prevent a disruption in healthcare services.”

Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, could not be reached at his listed phone number, and as of the time this story was filed, he had not replied to a text message that had been given to him.

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