Insurance company, Allianz Life is giving medical professionals who are on the frontline in the fight against the novel coronavirus an insurance cover worth GHC 8.4 million.
The free life insurance cover only applies to doctors and nurses assigned to take care of COVID-19 patients at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Speaking to ABC News, the Head of Marketing and Communications of Allianz Life Insurance Company, Elaine Mary Arthur said as part of company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, it deemed it necessary to support the health sector and take some pressures off the government.
According to her, 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.
“Basically we’re doing this to augment the government efforts in fighting the COVID-19. We’re giving insurance cover for frontline doctors and nurses. We’re taking a cover for each doctor just in case of any death that happens to them within the next 12months,” she explained.
The package covers 112 medical doctors and 620 nurses who work in the emergency sections and other key departments in the three health institutions. These professionals are expected to receive compensation in the event of any incident that renders them unable to perform their duties while their families are assured of compensation from Allianz Life Insurance in the event of death.
The Chief Executive Officer of Allianz, Gideon Ataraire also said the gesture is to acknowledge the sacrifices health professionals make in their quest to ensure the infection brought under control.
“We recognize 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.
Gideon Ataraire further hinted to ABC News that CEOs of all companies in the country are joining forces to help fight the pandemic.
According to him, they’re liaising with the Ministry of Health to find out measures put in place and also know how they can support government fight the deadly coronavirus.
Allianz Insurance Company on Friday, March 20 presented the package to the management of the 37 Military Hospital.
Col. A. G. Bugri, Commanding Official of the Hospital receiving the package on behalf of the management of the 37 Military Hospital said the insurance package would serve as additional motivation for medical professionals who happen 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 are very happy.
This emboldens us to go forward and our families would know 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 Robert Eshun, the Northern Sector Regional Sales Manager.
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 will contribute immensely to the battle to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
He stated while health professionals go great lengths to battle the disease, it is also imperative for the public to abide by the precautionary measures announced by the relevant health agencies to check against the spread of the disease.
The presentation to the staff and management of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital will be made at a later date.