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Life insurance cover for COVID-19 frontline workers in Nigeria

* N112.5m life cover involves maximum of 5,000 health workers ─Boss Mustapha

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Resulting from the apparently increasing risks associated with their professions in view of the outbreak of novel Coronavirus in the country, the Nigerian Government has received a life insurance cover for all frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, disclosed this during a daily briefing of the Task Force in Abuja, Friday, April 24.

Mustapha said the arrangement for life cover for the workers was the contribution of the nation’s insurance industry to the effort at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The PTF Chairman said: “I am pleased to inform you that in addition to what the Federal Government is doing, the insurance industry has responded massively to the call for support.

“The Presidential Task Force has received a life insurance cover to all frontline workers on COVID-19 for a maximum of 5,000 health workers who are employed to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He stated: “The premium, in the sum of N112,500,000 for cover, has been fully paid by the Nigerian Insurance Industry in line with the principle of no premium, no cover.”

The SGF extolled the nation’s insurance industry for the contribution, while urging the other sectors of the economy to rise to the occasion in supporting the effort at defeating COVID-19 disease.

He said: “Today, the welfare of our frontline heroes – the health workers – came to the front burner.

“I am pleased to inform you that the Federal Ministry of Health, working in conjunction with the MDAs (Ministries, Departments and Agencies), and the health sector professional bodies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for various allowances and other incentives.”

Mustapha, therefore, encouraged the frontline workers to redouble their efforts.

The government is committed to protecting them in the course of discharging their duties, he stated.

He requested the health workers to not relent, adding that the Federal Government has put in place measures to ensure their welfare is taken care of.

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