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Malaysian frontliners of the Covid-19 pandemic seen here retreating temporarily from their duty to take a breather, on October 19, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

Covid-19: MOH to review, update frontliners eligible for special allowance

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) will review and update the provision of special allowances for eligible healthcare frontliners tasked with managing the Covid-19 pandemic in the country from time to time, said its Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said apart from doctors, nurses, and ambulance drivers who were currently among the staff eligible to receive the special allowance, there were still other groups involved in the management of the outbreak.

“Groups that are eligible to receive this special allowance will be updated from time to time, for example, physiotherapists involved in long Covid treatment who meet the criteria to get the special allowance,” he said during a question and answer session at the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a question posed by Tampin MP Datuk Dr Hasan Bahrom, who wanted to know about the payment of bonuses to healthcare frontliners.

Khairy said up to December 31 last year, a total of RM1.1 billion in special allowances had been paid to frontline personnel.

— Bernama

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