The Guyana government has promised to provide all healthcare workers with a two-week pay bonus in December as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali announced that his administration had made some necessary changes to allow for all the healthcare workers to now access COVID-19 risk allowances. He said: “We have been able to cut programmes and find additional resources, beyond the GUY$150 million and I want to say that we will consider every healthcare professional as frontline.”
Ali said that public health was a serious issue, which required not only healthcare professionals but also communicating to the population what was needed. He said when he came to office in August, he made a promise to nurses and doctors to resolve issues affecting them and that has since been done.
Meanwhile, Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, said loans acquired by Guyana for its COVID-19 programmes will be spent wisely. His comment came after the World Bank announced that it had approved US$7.5 million for Guyana’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Project.
“There is a structure that we have to work with and we have a project management unit that is going to be working with the IDB team and the World Bank team to unlock the resources. These are standardised procedures that you have to go through, so we have the team already that is working on that,” Anthony said.
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