The Nepal Press Union (NPU) has entered into an agreement with private insurer IME General for free COVID-19 insurance cover to journalists of Sunsari district in the country.
Under the scheme, 150 journalists will be insured free of charge for an amount of NPR100,000 ($821) each, as part of the insurer’s corporate social responsibility programme.
The insured journalist can claim if he or she tests positive for COVID-19 on the basis of the polymerase chain reaction test.
Considering the huge risk that journalists face during their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPU which is an umbrella organization of journalists in Nepal, have decided to provide a first-of-its-kind insurance scheme for all its working journalists.
President of the NPU in Sunsari Pawan Adhikari said that the insurance scheme would be made available to all journalists working in the district. ”We have formed a working group to finalise the names of the 150 working journalists and they would be formally insured for a year.”