One-off payment of RM500 for frontliners to start from March 1, says Health Minister

SERDANG (Bernama): The one-off payment of RM500 to 140,000 healthcare frontliners will start from March 1, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

He said eligible staff can start applying for the payment beginning this month.

"This one-off assistance is in addition to the Covid-19 special allowance of RM600 per month for frontliners, which has been paid since March last year.

"This assistance is for frontline staff directly involved in handling duties related to Covid-19,” he said after visiting University Putra Malaysia (UPM) Teaching Hospital here Thursday (Feb 11).

Also present were Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Mohd Shafiq Abdullah and UPM Teaching Hospital deputy vice-chancellor (Industry and Community Network) Prof Ir Dr B.T. Hang Tuah Baharudin.

Dr Adham said the ministry's secretary-general would issue a circular to explain the implementation of the one-off payment.

"It is hoped that this payment can motivate the frontline staff to continue their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

On Jan 18, during the special announcement on the Permai assistance package, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a one-off payment of RM500 to frontliners, to be paid in the first quarter of the year.

Meanwhile, Dr Adham said UPM Teaching Hospital is an institution under the Higher Education Ministry that has been selected as one of the Covid-19 vaccination centres for the Covid-19 immunisation programme, which will begin on Feb 26.

Dr Adham said each Covid-19 vaccination centre selected should make preparations according to the set standards.

Seven staff members comprising medical officers and nurses would be stationed at each facility, and it is expected 210 recipients will receive the vaccine daily, he added. - Bernama

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