The Maldives government has distributed MVR 177 million in allowances to frontline health personnel battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to finance ministry figures, a total of MVR 177.3 million was disbursed to 13,052 frontline workers by the end of September.
Back in May 2020, the government decided to provide allowances to those fighting the COVID-19 outbreak on the front lines.
The frontline allowance is divided into three categories: those at high risk receive MVR 500 per day, those at medium risk are paid MVR 250 per day, and those at low risk are paid MVR 200 per day.
Doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and others who provide treatment to and have direct contact with patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are among those at high risk.
People in the medium risk group are those who do not have direct contact with COVID-positive patients but work with health officials who do.
Low risk individuals are those who do not fall into any of the aforementioned categories yet contribute to the outbreak’s control for at least 6 hours each day.
Following concerns about not getting frontline money, the government began disclosing expenditures incurred by the program. The number of complaints received as a result of underpaid frontline allowances has dropped, according to officials.