Nigerian Lawmakers has promised to compensate the families and relatives of health workers who died as a result of COVID-19.
Naija News Understands that the chairman, House Committee on Health Services, Tanko Sununu, disclosed this during a visit to the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) in Abuja.
Speaking on the financial benefits to be received, Sununu said the National Assembly was still reviewing the manner of compensation that should be made available to the affected families.
The lawmaker said the House of Reps under the leadership of Femi Gbajiabiamila has set up a committee to interface and interfere in all pending issues concerning the payment and welfare of health workers. He urged the aggrieved workers who have been threatening to down tools over government’s unfair treatment, to consider the millions of lives such an action could put at risk.
According to him, the committee’s primary responsibility was not only to ensure all demands of health workers in the country were met, but to also promote harmony in the sector.
He said: “We are not unmindful of our health workers in the frontline who paid the ultimate price. This is why we are working out a plan to compensate their families.
“A committee has been set up. We will call for a public hearing where the strategy and method to be used in disbursing the compensations will be agreed on. The families of the deceased will be located and we must ensure the money reaches them.
“Our aim is to ensure there is no disharmony anymore in the health sector. We are reaching out to major stakeholders and negotiating their demands to ensure health workers continue with their work with no hitches or grievances.”