Solon wants hazard pay for health workers

February 11, 2020

AMID the the  2019 novel Coronavirus (nCoV) scare, health workers deserve hazard pay and other benefits, a neophyte solon said.

Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito-Castelo is proposing hazard pay, insurance and other benefits for health workers as they are the “frontliners” in the campaign against the n-CoV.

Doctors, nurses and other staff of hospitals are the most vulnerable to the deadly virus because they attend to the infected.

“They should be given extra pay and protection in recognition of the risk they face in performing their duties and responsibilities as health workers,” the lawmaker said.

In the Philippines, nurses are not being paid enough despite the dangers associated with their job, Castelo lamented.

“How are they going to keep themselves strong and healthy if they don’t have the means to buy good food and vitamins for resistance,” she said.