Gov't allocates $540m to continue healthcare workers incentive programme

Gov't allocates $540m to continue healthcare workers incentive programme

Friday, February 19, 2021

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Government has allocated $540 million to continue the healthcare workers incentive programme for another ninemonths.

The initiative, officially launched on October 6, 2020, aims to boost staff morale and well-being in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on workers in the sector.

Among the elements are human resource management, psychosocial support, rest and relaxation, COVID support, and wellness.

Speaking at a virtual press conference yesterday Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, explained that the initial programme had expired.

“The incentive will be resumed and there is $540 million budgeted for the next nine months to restore that programme. We think it is very important and our publichealth workers… deserve it. They have been working very hard and so that programme is back on track,” he said.

Tufton said that healthcare workers are critical players in the fight against the COVID-19.

“I don'tneed to underscore the importance of our healthcare workers and I want to again say, they are absolutelycritical to the COVID response. [They] have been our heroes in many respects, and without them we just can't make it work. We know they are under stress; we have to give them as much support as we can,” he said.

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