Hasina made the announcement during a televised address on Monday amid a worsening coronavirus crisis across the country.
Health professionals, field-level officers, law-enforcement personnel and other frontline responders will be covered by health insurances between Tk 500,000 and Tk 1 million, depending on their ranks, the prime minister said.
The coverage amount will increase five-fold in case of death from the disease. The funds for the programme will be drawn from the government's Tk 956.19 billion announced in a series of stimulus packages to cushion the economic impact of the ongoing shutdown.
"We are arranging an insurance scheme for doctors, nurses, health workers, field administration officers, members of law-enforcement, the Armed Forces and BGB as well as other officials who are directly engaging in the battle against the coronavirus," said Hasina.
“At the same time, I request the authorities of all private and public hospitals to ensure that ordinary patients are not neglected," she added.
Bangladesh reported its first cases of the coronavirus on Mar 8 but the number of infections has since soared 803 with 39 deaths so far. With the outbreak intensifying in recent weeks, the government extended a nationwide shutdown to Apr 25 in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
The prime minister also announced a plan to hand awards to doctors, nurses and other health workers in an effort to motivate frontline responders during a video conference with government officials on Apr 7. The government set aside Tk 1 billion in award money.
Lauding the commitment of government health workers, Hasina previously said: “I have ordered health authorities to prepare a list of government doctors, nurses and health workers who have been providing medical care to patients since the beginning of the outbreak. I want to hand awards to those people.”