Government has decided that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months, President Akufo-Addo has announced.
Addressing the nation on the progress that has been made in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic Sunday, President Akufo-Addo said, “all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June.”
He added, “Furthermore, all frontline health workers will receive an additional allowance of fifty percent (50%) of their basic salary per month, i.e. for March, April, May and June. The March allowance will be paid alongside that of April.”
The President also announced “an insurance package, with an assured sum of three hundred and fifty thousand cedis (GH¢350,000) for each health personnel and allied professional at the forefront of the fight, has been put in place, with a daily allowance of one hundred and fifty cedis (GH¢150) being paid to contact tracers.”
President Akufo-Addo imposed a lockdown on some cities in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions.
The two-week lockdown was put in place following the surge in the country’s coronavirus cases.
This is the president’s fifth address to the nation since it began recording coronavirus cases.
So far, Ghana has recorded 214 confirmed cases of coronavirus as at 5th April 2020.