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FG Approves Raise in Hazard Allowance for Medical Workers

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The Federal government on Wednesday approved the upward review of hazard allowance for non-hospital-based workers in the country.

The government approved and announced the review in a circular dated 26th July 2023, signed by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta.

The circular was titled “Review of hazard allowance for non-hospital-based Agencies on the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure and the Consolidated Health Salary Structure.”

Part of the circular read “Further to our circular No. SWC/S/04/S.218/II/405 dated December 22, 2021, the Federal Government has approved the upward review of hazard allowance applicable to non-hospital based health professionals in the federal public service.”

According to Punch paper, the letter shows that the hazard allowance for health professionals on the Consolidated Health Salary Structure from grade level one to five was reviewed upward from N5,000 to N10,000.

Also, health professionals on CONHESS from grade level six to 15 will henceforth get N18,000 instead of N10,000.

Similarly, the allowance for health workers from grade level one to 10 on the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure was reviewed upward from N10,000 to N18,000, Punch reported.

The commission further noted in the circular that the approval took effect from June 1.

According to the PUNCH, the non-hospital-based agencies are the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, the National Health Insurance Authority, The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, among others.

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