FG assures better life for senior citizens

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By Ahmed Ubandoma

The Federal Government has promised to provide effective social care system to about 16.8 million aged population in the country.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Dr Abel Enitan, made the promise on Wednesday during the unveiling of the Older Persons’ Social Care in Nigeria.

The event with the theme: ”Geriatric Social Care and Value Chain: A Case for Social Investment in Abuja” was organised by the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event featured the inauguration and certification of 20 healthcare institutions across some states which will serve as older persons care centres in the country.

Represented by Mrs Agnes Aneke, the Director, Special Duties in the Ministry,  Enitan said that the aged population was estimated to be more than 16.8 million by the year 2025.

Enitan explained that government was working towards developing effective policy guidelines on ageing, to address some of the challenges associated with the population in the country.

He said, the growing number of ageing population in the country remained a source of concern to government.

”It is essential to note that older persons population in Nigeria is estimated to reach more than 16.8 million by the year 2025 with an increasing incidence and prevalence of multiple and chronic health conditions.
‘‘These conditions, indeed, require new ways to address them” he said.

On her part, the Director-General, National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) Dr Emem Omokaro, said, the national action plan on ageing had developed a well-paid skilled workforce for geriatric social care sector.

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”We are gathered here today to witness the foundation laying of what would be a journey to building an expansive Older Persons Social Care Quality Assurance System which is the bedrock of  a very multi-dimensional  care industry.

”This development aims to ensure that the care workforce has the knowledge, skills and competencies to enable the workers to practice older-person centered care.

”It is also to build a paid quality social care workforce to ensure reduction of negative stereotypes about care giving to older people.

”This is in line with the job creation, improved productivity and inclusion in line with the deliverables of President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda” she said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng).

Edited by Deborah Coker/Rotimi Ijikanmi

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