Health Services Board (HSB) chair Paulinus Sikosana has said healthcare workers will get another COVID-19 allowance in addition to the standard relief allowance for all Government staff.
Sikosana told The Herald last night that only health workers considered being in the red zone, that is, those who work in the wards with people who have contracted the coronavirus will receive the additional allowance.
Everyone working in the red zone including doctors, nurses to general hands will get the additional COVID-19 allowance. Said Sikosana:
There was an additional allowance for those in the red zone. Not all of them are in the red zone.
It is those who work in the wards with people that have been actually diagnosed with Covid-19, and it includes everyone from doctors, nurses to general hands.
For healthcare workers, there is low, medium, high risk and red zone.
The red zones are the ones in the thick of things. It is correct that the frontline workers received Covid-19 risk allowances from the Treasury last week but so far, the allowance was received by those in the red zone.
Meanwhile, Vice President and Health and Childcare Minister Constantino Chiwenga criticised nurses for leaving their patients to die as a strategy to force the government to increase their salaries. He said:
Without taking away the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, surely can we allow the ministry to maintain registers of health professionals who frequently abandon their patients?
My heart bleeds for our beloved Zimbabwean citizens who might have lost their lives owing to neglect by some of our healthcare workers.