Aged Care Screening
Gender Ministry To The Rescue Of The Aged In Keta

aged-care-screeningThe Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection is putting measure in place towards piloting an aged project along the coastal belt which would enable the elderly to have access to free services in transportation, health, electricity and water subsidies.

The Minister, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, who disclosed this during her New Year donation to a selected group of elderly people in fifteen communities in the Keta Municipality in the Volta Region, said the 1992 Constitution guaranteed the fundamental rights and liberties of the elderly.
Government, Hon. Lithur said, had, therefore, made some strides in the implementation of policies, strategies and interventions to fulfill those constitutional requirements.
?We are working towards piloting an aged project along the coastal belt where the elderly would have free services in transportation, health, electricity and water subsidies and others yet to be determined,? she stated.
She added that, the re-alignment of the Ministry had obliged them to work toward achieving the empowerment of the vulnerable, excluded, aged and persons with disabilities through the use of social protection and other innovative interventions to achieve national development.
She said her Ministry aimed to ensure the effective implementation of the National Ageing Policy, improve funds for programmes of the elderly, enhance co-ordination of the Ageing Policy, and train geriatric personnel to cater for the medical needs of the elderly.
Hon. Lithur disclosed that the Ministry, through the help of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), was in the process of drafting a Bill for enactment in Parliament to facilitate the establishment of the National Council on Ageing as provided by the National Ageing Policy.
She was of the view that other social protections such as the Livelihood Enablement Against Poverty (LEAP), National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and the National Pension Scheme were all aimed at providing support to achieve social and economic growth of the status of the elderly.
She challenged the media to create a platform to highlight the issues of the elderly as to make sure that the young ones benefit from the experience of the elderly.
In an address, the Municipal Chief Executive for Keta, Mr Sylvester Tornyeavah, said the Municipal Assembly had made strides in promoting and safeguarding the welfare and participation of its people in socio-political and economic development in the Municipality.
Mr Sylvester Tornyeavah said the Assembly had continued to build market stalls to assist women in carrying out their business activities through the MASLOC programme.
According to Mr Tornyeavah, the Assembly had offered equal opportunities to the boy-child in pursuing his educational programmes and indicated that issues affecting children and women were of importance to them.
He indicated that prior to the inception of the E-Payment system under the LEAP system, a total of 1,148 households from 46 communities had been paid manually up to August 2013 at 17 pay points and expressed appreciation to the Ministry for selecting them to pilot the E-Payment System.
He pleaded with the Minister to consider increasing the number of household beneficiaries from 1,148 to 1,500 in the short term, and to 2,000 in the long term.


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