Frontline health workers in Lagos, have accused the government of not paying them the allowances due to them for four months.
Some of the affected health workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the press, mentioned that they were not happy with the way the state government had refused to pay them.
“I was among those that worked at the Indo isolation center from September to November 2020; I was not paid. I also worked at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba from January to April, I was not also paid. We risked our lives and that of our families, not considering the poor welfare package from the state government,” one of them said.
Another health worker who does not want her name in print, said, “I was among those that worked at the isolation centers located at the Mainland hospital, Yaba, from January to April 2021. It is very disheartening that despite all our efforts in taking care of patients, we were not paid our allowances. We were not well taken care of; we worked tirelessly and had sleepless nights.
“At a point, our health was compromised, we summoned the courage to take care of ourselves. Despite all this, we haven’t been paid our allowances for four months. We were not given the allowances entitled to us. No accommodation during the time we worked at the isolation center, we used our personal money for transportation. We were surprised when the Governor said on Arise TV show recently that all COVID-19 allowances for health workers had been paid till May 2021.”