Volunteers treating COVID-19 patients at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, say the state government still owes them for job done.
A group of health workers comprising volunteer nurses, doctors and pharmacists working at the Lagos State isolation centre in Mainland Hospital, Yaba, says the government owes two-month COVID-19 allowances spanning August and September.
While some of them are still working at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, which hosts one of the few remaining COVID-19 treatment centres in the state, others have been decommissioned after the expiration of their three-month engagement period.
Both groups express concerns that they had resigned from the private facilities where they were working to enable them put in their best at the isolation centre, but they are now being owed two months of unpaid special allowances that had been due them.
Concerning the special allowances, they say, doctors were promised N700,000 for the three months, while nurses expected to receive about N480,000. The government had reneged on the promise, while the allowances paid to those who were fortunate to have been settled had also been subjected to what the workers described as “mind-boggling” deductions of between N70,000 and N100,000, allegedly without any explanation from the government. (Punch)