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Kohima: In an attempt to augment and meet the immediate need of healthcare workers, the state government on Saturday decided to give additional incentives to healthcare workers of both the government and the private sector on COVID-19 duty.

In a letter issued by Nagaland chief secretary J Alam to the principal director of health and family welfare, it said that the decisions made by the state government include:

Engagement and stipend for students:

As students are allowed to engage on COVID-19 duty, the state government informed that stipend would be paid according to the various categories. 

The power to delegate the students, temporarily, lies with the District Task Forces (DTF), for three months. The initial upper limit would be 30 students for Kohima and Dimapur districts, and ten each for other districts.

The state government informed that stipend may be paid to various category of students as:

For those on Clinical COVID/Non-COVID-19 Duty/ Essential Services, an amount of Rs 25,000 pm as incentives for MBBS interns and BDS/ AYUSH interns; Rs 13,500 pm for BSc-Nursing interns; Rs 10,000 pm for GNM/Technician interns; Rs 8500 pm for ANM interns.

For those on non-clinical duty, a sum of Rs 9,000 pm for final year (MBBS/ BDS/ AYUSH) interns; Rs 8,000 pm for final year (BSc-Nursing/ GNM/Technician); Rs 7,500 pm for final year (ANM); and Rs 6,000 for below the final year, up to second-year students.

For preference in government appointments: 

The Government will give preference, in the form of up to 25% of the total marks for the respective recruitment examination depending on the length of COVID duties rendered, to healthcare workers who have worked on COVID-19 duties in government or private COVID facilities for 100 days, for appointment against regular Government posts.

Detailed instructions would be issued in consultation with the P&AR department separately.

Incentives for in-service medical officers:

Preference for study leave for undergoing further studies would be given to healthcare workers who have rendered at least 100 days on COVID-19 duty and have qualified for the entrance examination. Amendments in the Study Leave rules for this purpose would also be issued separately.

Engagement of healthcare workers for short term basis: 

Any healthcare worker engaged for at least 100 days for the management of COVID-19 patients would be entitled to remuneration above 25% of the entry-level salary of the respective employee grade.

Treatment for COVID-19 for private healthcare workers: 

While the cost of medical treatment for government employees would be borne by the government, the cost of treatment for healthcare workers who contract COVID-19 while on duty in private hospitals would also be reimbursed in the same pattern as for government employees.

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