By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
The Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has promised the frontline health workers combating coronavirus in the state of special compensation when finally curb.
AbdulRazaq made this pledge on Tuesday in Ilorin when he paid an unscheduled visit on the workers at the COVID-19/Infectious Disease Centre in the state.
The governor, who explained that what the workers were receiving from the government was an allowance, stated that the frontline health workers needed to be handsomely rewarded.
This, he said was because they had volunteered to help the state in combating the pandemic long before the introduction of allowance.
“Our coming here today is to specially and specifically appreciate you for your untiring efforts at ending the pandemic.
“We wish to state that we will compensate you especially when the COVID-19 is over”. All we are doing now is the payment of your allowance”, he said.
The governor, however, urged the workers never to relent in their commitment to end the disease in the state.
In her remark, Dr Sikirat Lambe, Chief Medical Director of the state COVID-19/ Infectious Disease Management Centre described the visit as historic and a better way to boost the morale of the health workers.
She said that Kwara was among the few states with testing centres in the country. This according to her helped in the early diagnosis of this infection.
“Kwara is one of the states with a test centre. Kwara is given a centre despite the numerous calls from other states, today is very historic with the way you have come to recognize us here”, she said.
Also speaking, Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode, Director, Public Health, Kwara Ministry of Health, said that the mortality rate from the disease in the state stood at 2.6 per cent.
He promised that the team would intensify effort to henceforth ensure zero death rate.
Fakayode also announced the plan to set up sample centres in all local government areas for voluntary testing.
According to him, the rate of health workers infection has drastically reduced in the state.
This, he attributed to the training organised by the state for the frontline health workers on infectious disease.
Head of Testing Centre, Mr. Salihu Alao also said that the visit was a morale booster for the workers.
“What you have given us is more than the allowance. We urged not to stop this support being given to fight the pandemic,” he said.