$150M for Frontline Healthcare Workers

President announces budgetary measures

$150M has been set aside for frontline workers in the 2020 National Budget. The monetary support was disclosed  on Monday, during a press conference held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC)

His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana said that the provision aims to showcase the government’s appreciation to health officials in their fight against COVID-19 in Guyana.

“We understand and appreciate the tremendous work that our health and frontline workers are doing, the sacrifices they are making in ensuring that we remain safe and protected as a result given the work, they have done for COVID-19 and continues to,” President Ali said.

Frontline workers have been bearing the brunt of the pandemic, providing medical support to Guyanese who are affected by the virus.

Since taking office, the government has been loud in its appreciation of the efforts of these workers, many who go beyond the call of duty.

Recently, Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Vindhya Persaud announced that her ministry will be expanding its Childcare Assistance Programme to provide free childcare to frontline workers.

Minister Persaud, during a virtual press conference on Monday, revealed that assistance will be available to the frontline workers in both the private and public sectors.

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