The Federal Government, on Thursday, announced that it has put in place life insurance policy for health workers that will be involved in the treatment of the patients of the Ebola virus disease.
This was announced by the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, while briefing representatives of foreign missions in the country on the measures being taken to contain the disease.
As part of the measures, Chukwu said from next week, all outbound passengers would henceforth be screened before leaving the country.
“We are facing some challenges because we need to encourage workers, especially when they hear that some doctors and nurses are dying. Even now in Nigeria, a nurse has died.
“It has now become increasingly difficult to convince health workers to attend to these patients, but we have to and we are making effort to get people. We have also improved their confidence level.
“What we have decided is that all the people taking part, even if they did not have insurance before, they must have insurance. This one is not indemnity for now alone, it is life insurance to protect them and their families, so that in case anything happens to them, their families will not suffer double loss,” he said.
Speaking further on the measures the Federal Government had adopted, the minister said “no one is allowed to bring in corpses of the dead from designated countries, unless wherein relevant authorities confirmed it is not the case of Ebola.” – Nigerian Tribune.