Odisha announces incentives for healthcare personnel on COVID-19 duty

Bhubaneswar: Here’s another gift for healthcare personnel engaged in COVID-19 duty that the State Government has approved a proposal on paying incentive to doctors, paramedics and Class-IV employees working tirelessly at COVID health facilities across Odisha.

As per a notification issued by the State Health & Family Welfare Department dated today, the healthcare personnel including doctors, paramedics and Class-IV employees engaged in COVID health facilities — COVID hospitals, COVID health centres and COVID care centres — for treatment and care of COVID-19 patients in Odisha will receive incentives for their service to mankind.

While the Government has fixed Rs 1000 incentive for doctors per day, paramedics (staff nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, laboratory assistants) and Class-IV employees will get incentive amount of Rs 500 and Rs 200 respectively per day.

These above categories of employees are entitled to avail the incentives for those days in which they are in active line of duty in contact with the COVID-19 patients in COVID health facilities, stated a release by H&FW.

The expenditure for incentives will be spent from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced Rs 50 lakh financial assistance for the kin of doctors and healthcare workers, who die treating COVID-19 patients in the State. The Government had also declared to accord state martyrdom status to the COVID warriors succumbed to the deadly virus.

Recently,  the Government has approved daily diet allowance of Rs 240 for doctors and paramedics engaged in State-run COVID hospitals, COVID health centres and COVID care centres.

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