Written by Sarah NEGEDU

COVID-19: Group seeks improved welfare for elderly

As the world adjusts to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on citizens, a non-governmental organisation in the FCT has called for more attention on the welfare of the elderly.

The NGO, Pause Old Peoples' Home, says the call has become necessary, seeing that the elderly are the most vulnerable and affected by the pandemic.

President of the foundation, Hauwa Jubrin, made the call over the weekend when the group provided free medical checkups, treatment and palliatives to elderly persons in Abuja.

She said the outreach was organised to show care and love to senior citizens and also take care of their basic health needs.

Jibrin said: "Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been imagining how their lives would be because, ordinarily, these are people that are vulnerable and for the fact that their lives are at risk during the pandemic, we have decided to bring them together, to see how they are faring, and to make sure they are coping.

"We also brought them together so that they can get the fresh air they normally get to cushion the effect of COVID-19 and keep them happy as we usually do.

"We want to make sure that, from time to time, they get something which is usually not within their means."

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority, Engr. Umar Jibrin, said caring for the elderly is natural and imperative because they are vulnerable and it gives them hope to live in good health.

"The natural instinct is that you want to say, yes, I have a role to play (in elders' lives), because it is something that every responsible citizen or human being should be able to do for the elderly, because this is what really gives them hope that there is blessing in being old."

Another speaker, an Assistant Director at the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Joseph Dzungwe, pledged more support from his ministry in advancing the course of the elderly and other vulnerable groups.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the foundation and the Ministry of Humanitarian for giving them the treatment.



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