Via the Daily Observer: GOL Reaches Deal with Healthcare Workers. Excerpt:
The Liberian government has announced a bumper hazard pay and death benefits for public healthcare workers in the country. The deal which will cost the government about US$30 million over a six months period beginning September, is intended to ensure that health workers who have abandoned health facilities return to work to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country.
“We have reached an agreement that the government will cover hazard pay and death benefits for all public healthcare and non-healthcare workers to enhance GOL’s Ebola response,” an elated healthcare worker said.
The Ebola virus has already killed about 79 healthcare workers in Liberia and infected over 80 others who are undergoing treatment at several Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in the capital, Monrovia. Hazard pay is additional pay above the regular salary and benefits of a person for performing hazardous (dangerous) duty.
The government’s unprecedented hazard pay and death benefits announcement came during a press conference in Monrovia Tuesday, September 30, minutes after a closed door meeting with the healthcare workers at the Liberia Medical and Dental Counsel’s office.
Under the agreement, the government will pay a US$5,000 flat death benefit to the survivors of each healthcare worker, who lost his/her life to Ebola.
The agreement also includes hazard pay for healthcare workers engaged directly in fighting Ebola and those that are not on the frontline.
Those directly involved in fighting the Ebola epidemic will receive monthly hazard pay as follows: Ebola Treatment Unit supervisors will receive US$850, medical doctors US$825, nurses US$435, Lab technicians US$435 while ETU managers and general practitioners will receive US$450 each.
Ambulance drivers will receive monthly hazard pay of US$350, Ebola case investigators and social workers US$350, hygienist and logisticians US$300 while janitors, contact tracers and security personnel will receive US$250, respectively.
Also benefiting from the government’s monthly hazard pay program are doctors, nurses and other health practitioners who are not dealing with Ebola related cases.