by Charmaine Ngatjiheue 

The Ministry of Health and Social Services says it is still discussing the question whether healthcare workers dealing with Covid-19 should be paid a risk allowance.

Speaking at a briefing at State House in Windhoek on Namibia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, the health ministry’s executive director, Ben Nangombe, said the issue of paying risk allowances to health workers dealing with Covid-19 was raised with the health ministry and it has discussed it with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Public Service Commission (PSC), which is responsible for human resources in the public service.

“We have been advised to further engage the PSC on the matter and in fact we submitted documentation with the information required and we are waiting for feedback on that matter,” Nangombe said.

However, he said at a technical level the position of the health ministry is that job grading and evaluation for various job categories including health workers technically cover aspects such as a risk allowance.

“But it is being discussed at the level of the PSC and we will see how it will pan out,” he noted. – [email protected]

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