PM announces incentive for doctors, health workers
Published: 05:02 PM, 7 April 2020 Updated: 05:09 PM, 7 April 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today exchanged views with the public representatives and officials of the 15 districts in Chattogram and Sylhet divisions through a videoconference on the present coronavirus situation in the country from her official Ganabhaban residence
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today announced introduction of “special health insurance” for physicians, nurses and government employees who are now directly involved in containing the novel coronavirus in the country. She simultaneously blasted those doctors and nurses who are denying to provide healthcare services to the people in this critical time and hinted at taking stringent actions against them.
The premier made this announcement while exchanging views with the public representatives and officials of the 15 districts in Chattogram and Sylhet divisions through a videoconference on the present coronavirus situation in the country from her official Ganabhaban residence.
“We want to reward the brave health workers, including doctors, nurses and other health professionals well as the employees of the republic like field-level officers, members of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies who are working day and night risking their lives to prevent the COVID-19,” she said.
“So, we’ve decided to introduce a special health insurance scheme for encouraging them in doing more work and I’ve already talked to the finance minister and secretary to this end,” she said.
The premier also declared that the government will take responsibility for the treatment of those who will be infected by the lethal virus while performing their duty.
“We’ll make arrangements of health insurance amounting to Taka 5 lakh to Taka 10 lakh for the COVID-infected service providers as par their status,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said that the amount will be increased five times if anybody dies or has death risk due to the virus.
The premier extended her sincere thanks to the government doctors, nurses and health workers who are working tirelessly to provide services to the people showing no negligence.
Mentioning that the government has declared a war against the beastly disease, she said the doctors, nurses and health workers are making huge contributions to this end. “They’re performing their duties in this battle from the frontline,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also thanked the field-level officers and employees and members of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies and others involved in preventing the disease and relief distribution.
“I want to thank them as we were so far able to keep the coronavirus situation under control (due to their relentless strides),” she said.
The prime minister continued: “We don’t want to extend thanks to them only verbally, we also want to give rewards to them.”
In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said she has already instructed the authorities concerned to prepare a list of those doctors, nurses and health workers who have been working directly since the beginning of the outbreak of COVID-19.
“I need their list as I want to give rewards and special honorariums to them … it’s needed to encourage the brave health workers,” she said, adding that the work on preparing their list has already started.
The prime minister said this incentive will be applicable to those who are working risking their lives from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Those who didn’t perform their duties fled for their own protection and denied to provide treatment to the people won’t get this incentive … it’s not applicable to them,” she categorically said.
Sheikh Hasina said: “If anybody gives condition that he or she will discharge his/her duty if gets this incentive, then we’ll keep them under observation and see their work for at least three months and we’ll consider it if they truly serve the people,” she said.
In this connection, she said there is no logic to give incentive to those who have no sense of humanity. “If the country faces such bad days in future, we’ll bring physicians and nurses from outside,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the country will not benefit from the people having a weak mentality. “It’s a reality,” she added.
The prime minister said: “Whatever meetings they hold and whatever conditions they place, I don’t care, rather they’ll have to think whether they could continue in their profession in future.”
Sheikh Hasina added: “I want to know the names of the physicians who denied to provide treatment to the people or remained absent at their workplaces … I think those who have no capability of serving the people should be sacked.”
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