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Maldives relieves pregnant civil servants of duty over swine flu risk

Some civil servants pictured at the entrance to the main government office complex ‘Velaanaage’ in the capital Male. MIHAARU PHOTO/NISHAN ALI

The Maldives government on Thursday relieved all pregnant civil servants of duty temporarily as a precaution against the current swine flu epidemic in the Maldives.

In a circular, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) stated that as pregnant women are among those at highest risk of swine flu, the commission has decided to grant them leave from office until further notice.

Assuring that the employees will receive their salaries and allowances regardless, the circular directed all institutions under the CSC to grant leaves to their pregnant staff upon presentation of their pregnancy cards.

The commission also urged the staff to work from home if possible and aid their offices in cases of absolute necessity.

There are 13,705 female staff registered as civil servants.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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