Enugu Gov’t pays April salary including 25% as Covid-19 allowance for health workers

The Enugu State Government has announced the payment of April salaries of all the state’s public servants.

This is in furtherance of its commitment to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the state as well as cushion the effect of the lockdown on the lives of the citizens.

Disclosing this in a statement, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, Secretary to the State government, said the state paid additional COVID-19 allowance for all health workers in the state.

He said it represents 25% of their basic salaries which was recently approved by the State Executive Council (EXCO), as incentive.

In another report, the state government also announced the activation of a fully functional Coronavirus Disease Isolation and Treatment Centre equipped with requisite facilities at Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu.

This was contained in a statement released by the Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortunaya, shortly after Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi led a combined team of government officials and heads of security agencies in the state, to monitor the level of compliance with government’s order closing the markets and land boundaries as well as inspect some health facilities in the state.

According to the statement, the state government equally activated a brand new hospital at G.R.A Nsukka to serve a COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre for Enugu North Senatorial Zone.

Prof. Ortuanya disclosed that the government has taken over and commenced extensive rehabilitation and reconstruction of the former Colliery Hospital, Enugu to expand the state capacity for Coronavirus Disease Isolation and Treatment, noting that it is collaborating with the Local Government Council Chairmen to identify and designate Isolation and Treatment Centres in their respective LGAs to ensure their preparedness in the event of possible spike in the COVID-19 burden within the state.

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