Govt meets some of health workers’ demands

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The government of Lesotho has made an undertaking to pay hazard allowances of between 2,500 to M3,500 to health workers who treat or are exposed to Covid-19 patients.

This has been announced by health minister, Motlatsi Maqelepo, in response to the Coalition of Healthworkers’ Associations’ threats to down tools from Monday July 13 if government did not meet their demands.

Other demands included a tax holiday for health workers, sick leave for those who are Covid-19 positive, and supply of personal protective equipment.

Maqelepo said although government is not in a position to meet the tax holiday demand, sick leaves will be provided in line with World Health Organisation guidelines.

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He added that PPE is being procured in batches and distributed to respective health facilities