President Akufo-Addo extends health package to the end of the year
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the incentive package for health workers to the end of the year.
Under this provision, health workers will not be required to pay income taxes for the month of October, November and December.
Addressing the nation on measures taken by the government to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Frontline workers had sacrificed their life and time in giving health assistance to the infected people.
“I am happy to announce that the incentive package for health workers has been extended to the end of the year.
Again, all frontline health workers as defined by the Ministry of Health will continue to receive their additional allowance of 50 per cent of their basic salary for the month of October, November and December,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo first announced the three-month tax holiday for the health workers at the beginning of April 2020.
Although the free tax package had been implemented, that of the 50 per cent allowance was not carried out given the seeming controversy over the definition and qualification of a frontline health worker.
However, President Akufo- Addo had indicated in his 13th address to that issues with the packages as earlier announced for the past three months had been resolved.
“I know the implementation of this directive for the months of April, May, and June has been fraught with some challenges, caused, mainly, by the protracted discussions over the definition of who qualifies as “frontline health workers” in this context. I have, however, been assured that they have now been resolved, and payments will be effected from the end of June. I should reiterate that the insurance package for health workers is still in place.”
Nana Akufo-Addo said the incentives form part of the government’s commitment to ensuring that health workers are supported as they deliver essential services to the populace especially amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus.
“This is, in part, due to the immense dedication and hard work being exhibited by our healthcare workers, who continue to care for those affected by the virus, and for the sick in general.”