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Senior citizens’ centre holds medical outreach to boost wellbeing of aged Nigerians



Senior citizens’ centre holds medical outreach to boost wellbeing of aged Nigerians

By Fortune Abang

The National Center for the Elderly (NSCC), in collaboration with the Federal Department of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, on Saturday embarked on medical action to improve the well-being of older people.

The outreach was organized by the Karu Community Center and Ministry in Abuja as part of the activities marking this year’s International Day of Older Persons in Nigeria, which is often celebrated around the world on October 1 of each year.

NSCC Executive Director Dr Emem Omokaro, briefing reporters at the event, said outreach has become important in addressing challenges often faced by older people in the community.

“The challenges that older people face vary; apart from health, they have income, security, loneliness and discrimination, hence medical assistance.

“Awareness is a critical area of ​​concern to the center, to ensure inclusive primary health care and its functions.

“When we talk about inclusion, we mean integrating older people into primary health care, in terms of health insurance coverage, promotion of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition.

“In addition to giving them checkups, we also take the opportunity to ask them questions, as a way to achieve goals. “

She explained that the center had put in place a 10-year strategic plan, to structure the capacity for increased engagement with relevant partners, to identify and care for the elderly.

Also speaking at the event, Dr Felix Oyare, consultant, community health doctor, said that from the age of 45 and over, changes start to occur in the human body.

According to him, a greater percentage of Nigerians, aged 60 and over, are either hypertensive, diabetic or have a combination of the two health problems.

“As people turn 50, they start to change; some people even begin to have health problems at 45 years old.

“We should be able to prepare people so that they can age gracefully, especially what they do, how they do it and what they eat,” Oyare said.

One beneficiary, who pleaded for anonymity, hailed the initiative as the right step in the right direction to raise hope among elderly Nigerians.

“This initiative is 100% acceptable, if the government can only comply with what it said, it is because it gives hope to the elderly,” he said.

Another beneficiary, who also pleaded for anonymity, urged the government to prioritize the medical awareness initiative, in order to achieve the desired goals.

“I pray that the government takes this project seriously; I remember when the current administration arrived in 2015, it promised to meet the aspirations of the elderly.

“He has not yet kept his promise, if they can do it, it will help give hope to the elderly and even lengthen their lifespan,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Center was established by the NSCC Act of 2017 of the National Assembly, as a focal agency to identify and respond to the needs of older people.

The awareness included free medical examinations, free eye exams, tests and treatment, as well as advice and counseling.

Source: NAN

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