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Duterte approves P15,000 aid for health workers with mild Covid-19

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday agreed with the proposal to provide P15,000 to all health workers infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

During a televised meeting aired late Sunday, National Task Force Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. suggested on giving P10,000 cash aid to medical frontliners with mild Covid-19 infection.

“I agree with you, Even [P15,000],” Duterte told Galvez.

According to the secretary, the health crisis puts health care workers’ mental health on the line.

“Those who are affected by COVID, there is some sort of psychological impact on our health workers,” he said.

“We recommend na mabigyan sila na kahit P10,000. Almost 5,000 ‘yung naging positive natin. Kasi ‘yung fear ng mga health workers to be afflicted parang nagkakaroon sila ng discrimination.”

Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, severely infected public and private health workers were entitled to P100,000 compensation.

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