Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire revealed on Thursday that he is not aware if Nigerian doctors earn hazard allowance or not.
Dr. Ehanire, speaking when he faced the National Assembly on Thursday said Nigerian doctors are doing what’s routine and may not be getting paid the allowance. He was questioned by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
When Gbajabiamila asked the minister if the medical personnel handling coronavirus cases are paid the allowance, he responded: “I am not aware of it.”
He added: “It is the standard job they do every day; it is the standard job.”
A disappointed Gbajabiamila told him he dropped the ball by not being aware of the situation of medical personnel under his ministry.
The hazard allowance is an international standard for medical practitioners. While it is paid in Nigeria, health workers have revealed to ALEDEH that the federal government pays N5000 as hazard allowance, a figure which is one of the lowest in the world.
Read the dialogue between the Minister and Gbajabiamila below;
Gbajabiamila: Are they being paid a hazard allowance for the job that they are doing?
Ehanire: I am not aware of it. It is the standard job they do everyday; it is the standard job.
Gbajabiamila: I thought you said coronavirus is novel, how is it a standard job?
Ehanire: Because screening is what you do every day.
Gbajabiamila: They don’t screen for coronavirus every day; they’ve never done it. This is the most infectious disease in the world.
Ehanire: Screening for temperature.
Gbajabiamila: The answer to my question is that they are not being paid hazard allowance.
Ehanire: No, the answer is that I am not aware.
Gbajabiamila: But you should be aware. It is not enough to say you don’t know. Honestly, you dropped the ball.