28 September 2020 By Remi Johnson
A Non-governmental Organisation, Pause Old Peoples’ Home, has provided palliatives ,free medical checks and treatment to older persons drawn from Mabushi community and Durumi IDPs Camp in Abuja.
Founder of the Organization and wife of the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Mrs Hauwa Umar Jubrin explained that the rationale was to cater for the basic health needs of senior citizens towards assisting them to cushion the impact of COVID 19.
According to Mrs Jubrin, “We also brought them together so that they can get the fresh air they need.. …to cushion the effectd of COVID-19… We want to make sure that, from time to time, they get something which is usually not within their means.” She said.
The Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin,who tasked Nigerians to prioritize care for older persons, said caring for them gives them hope to live in good health.
Another speaker, an Assistant Director in the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Joseph Dzungwe, pledged more support from his ministry for older persons, commended the founder of the NGO, for her zeal in supporting older persons.
“I hope that, what I have seen here, the seriousness of which they are working on the issue of older persons, I hope that we shall partner more”, Dzungwe promised.
Some of the older persons that spoke during the occasion unanimously prayed and thanked the organisers for showing them care and love.
“We are very happy and very grateful to them for remembering us the old people today…Not many in the society remember we exist or need attention…We don’t have anything to give them back, but we only pray that God should bless and provide more for them”