UG Centre for Ageing Studies

As part of measures to spearhead research, advocacy and policies towards the welfare of the aged, the Centre for Ageing Studies, University of Ghana, has organised a forum on the theme: “What is the next government policy on Ageing?”

UG Centre for Ageing StudiesAccording to the Centre, little provision has been made for the well-being of the elderly and there is the need to implement more policies to deal with problems facing the ageing population in the society.

Mr Mawuto Ablo, the Director of Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, said the government has drawn up a National Aging Policy to ensure that old people in Ghana grow in dignity.

He said policy would soon be placed before parliament to be passed into law; adding that the law would give legitimacy to the creation of a national council of ageing, a council which will facilitate and ensure the implementation of the policy and provisions in the Act which addresses the welfare of the elderly.

Mr Ablo said even before the passage of the bill, there had been a number of interventions that have been implemented and it includes the ‘Urban Elderly Welfare Card’.

“This card provides priority access to social services like the health facilities, banks and transport services the elderly may require,” he said.

“Any policy which is actually practical must be based on research, as such, the Ministry is collaborating with all stakeholders including academia and research institutions like the Centre
for Ageing Studies to facilitate research into emerging ageing issues and therefore make recommendations which will inform decision, policies and programs towards elderly welfare,” he said.

Speaking at the forum, Mrs Ursula Owusu, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, said Ghana has introduced quite a significant number of policies and social interventions; however the implementation of such policies has always been a major challenge.

She was expressed the hope that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will do much better in implementing the existing policies, by reviewing it and seek for more funds to make it work.

Mrs Owusu Ekuful said the NPP will establish a well funded welfare system which addresses the needs of the weak, vulnerable and socially excluded, as it is concerned about policies that highlights mainstream ageing issues of national development frameworks and poverty eradication strategies.

Mr Kofi Akuffo Henaku, Chair, Education Committee of the Convention People’s Party, said the Party would consider the idea of whether retiring at age sixty is relevant, particularly in an era where the country lacked experts in various aspect of our society.

He said as a country we must begin to link ageing to the political and socio-economic aspect, whereas the society benefits from them rather than, always focusing on what to offer the aged.

Mr Akuffo Henaku said they need to be given the pension, healthcare and also create an environment where they can still interact with the community.

He said the CPP government would empower all relevant state institutions to ensure that civil society organisations participate efficiently in caring for the aged in Ghana.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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