President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Ministry of Health to develop a welfare package to cushion the frontline staff dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic from the harsh economic times.
The move is also meant to motivate the health workers as they struggle to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country and treat those already infected with the COVID-19 disease.
He urged the insurance companies to cover the health requirements of hospital staff, especially those dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Recognising the critical importance of health, mental and emotional needs of our frontline medical doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, I am today directing the Ministry of Public Service and the Ministry of Health to develop a welfare package to cushion these frontline officers, especially during this challenging time. This should include actions by medical insurance companies to cover the health requirements of our hospital staff especially those dealing with the pandemic.” He said.
The President in his address to the nation on Thursday said the government had also identified the vulnerable people among the urban poor who live in informal settlements who will be the inaugural recipients of the COVID-19 weekly stipends.
The President announced that the government had already released 8.5 billion shillings to the elderly and vulnerable individuals under the Cash-Transfer Program, another 500 million shillings was released to persons with severe disabilities.
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Source – KBC