Health workers receive Covid-19 ex-gratia payments

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Health workers receive Covid-19 ex-gratia payments

The Ministry of Health has announced that the distribution of ex-gratia payments to health sector workers has begun and is expected to be completed shortly.

The Ministry, in a statement on Friday morning, said these payments are in keeping with the promise made by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) to our health sector workers who gave yeoman service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These ex-gratia payments were announced earlier in the year by the Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and provided for in the 2023 Budget by Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

The Ministry said to date, a total of $198,890,122.00, or over 95 per cent of the estimated ex-gratia payments, has been paid out to over 24,000 health sector workers in Trinidad and Tobago at the Regional Health Authorities and the Ministry of Health.

When completed, the Ministry said the total payments are expected to be of the order of $205 million.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh reiterated his gratitude to the country’s health sector workers for their exemplary performance, dedication and determination displayed during COVID-19 pandemic.