The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, says his administration has put in place life insurance policy for the State health workers, and also reviewed the hazard allowance from 200 to 300 per cent.
Governor Abiodun disclosed this during a meeting with representatives of health workers in the State at his Office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, he said that the life policy would have taken off immediately, but would prefer to wait for the Federal government, who is also putting in place a similar programme.
“I want to inform you that we have put in place life policy for our health workers. We would have started immediately, but we will wait to go along with the Federal government which is also planning similar programme”, he said.
He stated that his administration was determined to provide adequate health care services to the people, he also informed that health workers would be appropriately accommodated in the new minimum wage.
The governor said he was impressed with the spirit of negotiation, adding that their requests and resolutions with goverment was a pointer to the fact that they were concerned with what was going on in the health sector.
“What transpired was because we have not been engaging each other as much as possible. I am impressed with the spirit of negotiation. Your requests and resolutions point to the fact that our health workers are concerned with what is happening in the health sector”, the Governor noted.
While enumerating efforts of his administration to reform the sector, he said prior to the out break of Covid pandemic, rehabilitation of hospitals had commenced with 236 Primary Health Care Centres across the State, appealing to the health officers not to allow issues degenerate, but keep communication open with government.
“This pandemic is a surprise to everybody. This happened just as we were beginning to roll out plans for total reform of our health facilities beginning with 236 Primary Health Care Centres. However, I want to assure you that this government is determined to ensure to provide adequate health care for our people”, the Governor promised.
Governor Abiodun appreciated the health personnel, particularly those tackling the Coronavirus, assuring them that Personal Protective Equipment and other accessories needed to perform their duties effectively, would be made available very soon.