Allianz Life Insurance has announced free life insurance cover worth GH¢8.44 million for medical professionals in three hospitals in the country who may come into direct contact with people infected with the highly infectious COVID-19.
The selected health institutions are the 37 Military Hospital and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, both in the Greater Accra Region; the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Region.
Speaking at a ceremony to present the package to the management of the 37 Military Hospital, the Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Life Insurance, Mr Gideon Ataraire, said the gesture was to acknowledge the sacrifices these professionals made in their quest to ensure the infection was brought under control.
“We recognise that the government has put in place a number of measures to ensure that this outbreak is contained. For us at Allianz Life, we looked at what the government has done and decided to add to these measures by taking care of these professionals at the frontline of this fight in case of any eventuality,” he said.
In total, the package covers 112 medical doctors and 620 nurses who work in the emergency sections and other key departments in the three health institutions. The 12-month cover insures the medical professionals against incidents that may happen over the period, regardless of whether it is COVID-19 related or not.
The professionals are expected to receive compensation in the event of any incident rendering them unable to perform their duties while their families are assured of compensation from Allianz Life Insurance in the event of death.
Receiving the package on behalf of the management of the 37 Military Hospital, the Commanding Official of the Hospital, Col. A. G. Bugri, said the insurance package would serve as additional motivation for medical professionals who happened to be at the frontline of COVID-19.
“This is a very kind gesture because we at the frontline were worried about what happens to us. You can get infected and when that happens and you know there is an insurance package to remedy such a tragedy, you will be very happy.
This emboldens us to go forward and our families would know that if anything happens, there is something to lean on,” he added.
The presentation of the package to the management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi was done by the Northern Sector Regional Sales Manager of the insurance firm, Mr Robert Eshun.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, who received the package, expressed management’s heartfelt gratitude to Allianz Life. He said the offer would contribute immensely to the battle to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
He stated that while health professionals went to great lengths to battle the disease, it was also imperative for the public to abide by the precautionary measures meant to check the spread of the disease as announced by the relevant health agencies.
The presentation to the staff and management of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital will be made at a later date.
Source: Graphic Online
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