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Pause Old Peoples’ Home Gives Free Medicare To Elderly

In a bid to give succour to elderly persons, a Non Governmental Organisation, “The Pause Old Peoples’ Home, has organized a free medical check to older persons in Mabushi area of the nation’s Capital, Abuja.

The President of the Home, Mrs Hauwa Umar Jibrin during the outreach to commemorate the international day for the elderly, also distributed food items to them to cushion effects of the economy.

Mrs Jibrin who explained that the decision to embark on care for the elderly stemmed from the fact that everyone would one day get old, was strongly of the opinion that the senior citizens must not be left unattended to as obtained in other countries.

She lamented that many elderly people were living in bondage, isolation with lack of adequate care and in some cases starvation, a development she described as worrisome and unacceptable.

According to her, old age is a blessing that comes from God, hence older people in our communities and by extension, across the nation should be celebrated and cherished not stigmatized.

In her words: “the elderly should be cared for. They should not be allowed to go begging. Now, the population of the elderly is increasing, without corresponding increase in their welfare they won’t have social security or financial autonomy because they have no strength to cater for themselves. As an NGO we are doing the little we can, but the government can also help us.”

Mrs Jibrin reiterated the commitment of “the Pause Old People’s Home” to continue to organize quarterly programmes for the elderly in line with its mission and vision to take as many older people as possible from living a life of destitution.

” we offer them free tests, treatment..some of them with serious ailments we referred to the hospital and follow up. Normally we use to organize walk show for them but for the rains. Some are retired, some never went to school. They really need help”

In his words of encouragement, the Grand Patron of the Home, Umar Gambo Jibrin who vowed to always care for the elderly as long as he lives, appealed to Government at all levels to rehabilitate existing Primary Health Care Centers to be more functional as well as establish new Centers in some rural communities without such facility.

The Patron also stressed the need for Government to make public buildings elderly friendly for easy access; and subsidize the cost of drugs for them across the country.

“whatever opportunity we have and able to execute, it gives one joy because you are helping humanity, you are uplifting their livelihood and you are also helping the Government.

“I am not satisfied with the welfare of the elderly in the country. certainly, there’s a lot that Government needs to do. The society should give back to the elderly persons. For as long as we live, I am motivated by the love of God. We will continue to do it” Jibrin said.

Contributing, the Chairperson, Nigeria Association Of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, FCT Chapter, Comrade Annah Daniel hailed the Pause Old Peoples’ Home for beaming their searchlight of care towards the older persons.

She stressed that all hands must be on deck in showing concern for older people’s welfare.

Her words: “it is one aspect that the society is neglecting but it is very necessary. Aside poverty, the totality of their welfare, particularly their health should be looked into.

“the screening and the treatment is a positive development in the lives of the old ones and it is a thing that I will encourage others to support “

For the elderly, It was an avalanche of encomiums on the NGO as they received food items and free medical test on blood sugar, BP Check, Malaria, typhoid, other ailments and drugs.

Mrs Zainab Usman, James Kusase and Victoria Onah could not hide there joy; hence, they thanked God and prayed for more blessings and sound health for the Organizers.

The occasion witnessed the presentation of an Award of recognition to the founder of “The Pause Old People’s Home” from a group in Niger State.

Highpoint of the event was a health talk by a medical expert on the need for them to take their medication seriously, carry out simple exercises and a walk within their vicinity.

Report By Remi Johnson,Edited by Grace Namiji

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