The Lagos State Government has approved an increase in the hazard allowance of all health workers in the state from the current N5,000 to N25,000 as of April 2020.
This is due to the efforts of health workers and their roles as frontline officers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
Announcing the increment on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the head of service for the state said the state government approved a 400 percent (N20, 000) increment in the hazard allowance.
Muri-Okunola said the increase in allowance is an “appreciation of health workers in the fight against COVID-19, as well as their daily exposure to hazardous situations.” Lagos State is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, with 504 confirmed cases out of the 873 cases nationwide.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state, health workers have been leading the fight against the infection, while some of them are exposed to the infection. Meanwhile, the Lagos State commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, said during his last press briefing that some health workers have tested positive to COVID-19 infection and have been isolated and undergoing treatment.
As of Thursday, April 23, 2020, Lagos had 504 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 107 discharged cases, and 16 deaths.
Hattip to Guardian