The government spent nearly $1 million on the relocation of healthcare workers displaced by Hurricane Dorian, a recent Ministry of Health report revealed.
The report, “Post-Dorian: health sector strategic response plan of action”, was completed last week.
It notes that the disbursement of “relocation or geographical posting allowances to staff displaced by Hurricane Dorian” was $993,200. The funds came from the consolidated fund.
Each person received $2,600, according to the report, which noted that 63 people were displaced on Abaco and 319 on Abaco.
The report noted that the relocations were expected to be executed on October 1, 2019.
Dorian ravaged Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September.
The Category 5 storm impacted nearly 30,000 people and killed at least 70.
According to the report, the ministry budgeted $829,000 – from the consolidated fund – for the disbursement of a one-time lump sum payment for healthcare workers on the affected islands.
They received $1,000 each on October 1, 2019, the document noted.
Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record to hit The Bahamas.
Hundreds of people were injured and thousands were displaced as a result of the storm.
According to the report, the government allocated $530,256.24 for hardship allowances for healthcare workers impacted by Dorian.
“Pursuant to the government’s decision, hardship allowances and a two-month salary [advance] might be available to impacted staff and contingent on available funding within the treasury,” it noted.
“Consideration of requests will be on a case-by-case basis.”
The ministry estimated that roughly 15 percent of workers on the affected islands will make a request for the allowance and advance, according to the report.