TERRENCE DEYALSINGH, Minister of Health.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) will be approaching the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) to see what other coverage could be offered to health care workers.

The move comes after the T&T Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) called on Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to provide hazard pay, death benefits and health insurance for nurses, now on the frontline battling the COVID-19 virus.

Speaking at the COVID-19 news conference this morning, Minister Deyalsingh said he discussed the matter with the RHAs this morning.

He explained that while all RHAs have “some sort of insurance for health care workers”, they are going to the CPO to see what more can be done.

Yesterday, police officers received word that they will now be covered by COVID-19 insurance, following an agreement between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Guardian Group.

Those covered under the specialized Guardian Life of the Caribbean plan will be entitled to $10,000 if they contract the virus.

Should they die, as a result of COVID-19, their dependants will receive an additional $25,000.

The coverage period will be 12 months but will be subject to review, depending on how the COVID-19 issue develops within that time.