Coronavirus: Government insures frontline health workers

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All frontline workers involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic have been insured under a life insurance cover, the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has announced.

Ghana has currently recorded 141 cases, 5 deaths and 2 recoveries.

As part of measures to prevent further spread of the deadly virus, the government has banned all public gatherings and announced a partial lockdown of the Greater Accra Region, Kumasi and Kasoa effective Monday, 30 March 2020.

In a letter addressed to all heads of agencies on Saturday, 28 March 2020, the Health Minister thanked health workers and their families for the sacrifice they are making to this “national challenge.”

He disclosed that the health workers have been insured under benefits including “Group life” with an amount of GHS 350, 000 per life.

Health workers attending to patients with “critical illness” have been insured with an amount of GHS “25, 0000 per life” while “workers attending to persons with ‘total temporary disability – all causes’” have been insured with GHS 10,000 per life with a “GHS 10, 309,919.94 total premium.”

The letter added: “Please note that the allied professionals include all men and women who have been deployed to respond to COVID-19. Please bring this to the attention of all staff deployed and please ensure the appropriate documentation of the process which is strategic for the next steps.”

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