The Cape Verdean Government approved today a draft resolution that establishes a life insurance of 27 thousand euros for professionals of the National Health Service (SNS) at the forefront of the fight against the new coronavirus.
The announcement was made by the Minister of State, Fernando Elísio Freire, at a press conference in Praia, to make known the decisions of the Council of Ministers, noting that it is a “very important measure”, taking into account that these professionals have been doing an “extraordinary fight, with a great spirit of sacrifice and always present”.
"If there is a big fight in this country to win the war against the virus, we have to give a lot of that credit to health professionals, because they are at the forefront, they are working hard," said the minister.
According to the Government spokesman, after the creation of conditions in terms of personal protective equipment, it was necessary to take the next step, which is to create life insurance for health professionals, in case of death during the fight against the disease. .
The Government creates health insurance and, according to the minister, the beneficiary will be whom the SNS worker indicates and, if he does not indicate anyone, his heirs will be legally recognized.
The regulation of insurance will be made by the Ministry of Health and Social Security, he also said according to the spokesman for the Council of Ministers, indicating that the insurance is 3 million escudos (27 thousand euros).
"It is an extremely important measure, which allows to increase the intervention capacity of health professionals, but it is also an act and a gesture of recognition and protection of health professionals in the face of this situation that the country is going through the pandemic", he said.
On March 17, two days before Cape Verde registered the first case of covid-19, the Cape Verdean Medical Association (WTO) recommended the adoption of a risk subsidy for staff with suspected or confirmed exposure to patients with the new coronavirus.
The national director of Health, Artur Correia, informed on April 26 that two doctors from the Hospital Agostinho Neto, in the city of Praia, were infected, and in the beginning of May he appointed seven more contaminated health professionals in the Psychiatric Hospital of Trindade, also in Beach.
Cape Verde has already diagnosed an accumulated of 362 cases of covid-19, since March 19, in the islands of Santiago (303), Boa Vista (56) and São Vicente (03).
Of the total, three resulted in deaths, 130 were considered recovered, two were transferred to their countries and the country currently has 227 active patients, and all on the island of Santiago.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330 deaths and infected more than 5,1 million people in 196 countries and territories.
More than 1,9 million patients were considered cured.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.