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MEMBERS of House of Representative has described as unfair, the continuous delay of payment of salaries to statutory health workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and beyond.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila made this disclosure yesterday while reacting to the motion moved by Rep. Yusuf Sununu, calling on the Federal government to ensure the protection of healthcare personnel and the payment of salaries to statutory health workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and beyond.

  According to him, the motion which was seconded by Rep. Abubakar Nalaraba, is of great importance because most health workers have not been paid their salaries since January due to some technicalities.

“During this pandemic; it is unfair to expect health workers to continuously risk their lives without being paid,” he said.

 Sununu in leading the debate stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked health, as well as socio-economic havoc on nations worldwide, and the health workers who are the frontline foot soldiers should be adequately protected and kitted, with their hazard allowances paid as at when due given the sacrifice they continue to render.

He reminded the House of the strike threat by health workers just before the outbreak of the pandemic which was called off after the intervention of the Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila and the leadership of the House, and urged the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to ensure that healthcare workers, especially in regular hospitals are well kitted and protected. He also enjoined the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure that all healthcare workers receive their due allowances, while calling on the leading agencies to have an urgent meeting with the leadership of the House to rectify all abnormalities, and also called on the House Committee on Healthcare Services to ensure compliance.

The House further moved a motion on the need to know the whereabouts of the Chinese doctors who came into the country to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and it was seconded by Rep. Maria Onuoha and on the urgent need to investigate the status of Nigerian medical and pharmaceutical research efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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