Tuesday, 18 May, 2021

PM asks health workers not to lose courage, announces Tk 100 cr special honorarium

Published on: 9:02 pm - Monday | April 13, 2020


Pointing at physicians, nurses and other health workers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked them not to lose their morale during this crisis, saying the whole nation is there with them.

“Doctors, nurses and other health workers continue to provide treatment to Covid-19 patients from the frontline, ignoring the constraint of resources and the risk of death. Your profession is of such a challenge. Don’t lose the morale during this crisis. The people of the country are beside you,” she said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing the nation on Monday evening ahead of Pahela Baishakh 1427.

The Prime Minister on behalf of the people of the country thanked and hailed the health workers, saying the government has already directed all those concerned to prepare a list of the health workers who directly deal with the coronavirus-infected patients.

Special honorarium and health insurance: The health workers will be given special honorarium as an amount of Tk 100 crore is being allocated to this end.

Sheikh Hasina said a process is underway to introduce a special health insurance for physicians, nurses, other health workers, field-level administration officers, members of law enforcement agencies, Armed Forces and BGB, and other government employees directly engaged in this regard.

If anyone gets contacted with Covid-19, then there will be health insurance of Tk 5-10 lakh for the person depending on the rank and position. In the case of death, one will get five times of the insurance amount. The allocation of Tk 750 crore is being kept aside for the health insurance and life insurance in this regard, she said.

No scarcity of safety equipment: Noting that there is no shortage of safety equipment, the Prime Minister said the health workers will continue to provide the optimum services keeping themselves protected—this is the expectation of the people of the country.

At the same time, she urged every public and private hospital authorities to keep eye so that the normal (non-Covid) patients are in no way get deprived of healthcare services.

The Prime Minister extended her sincere thanks to those who are deployed in ensuring social distancing – the members of police, other law enforcement agencies, Armed Forces, government officials—and media workers, and the persons who are engaged in carrying Covid-19 patients and the funeral process of Covid-19 deceased. -UNB