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Bhatnagar Emotional On Elderly

The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar yesterday called on members of the public to look after their elderly relatives instead of dumping them at senior citizen
15 Jan 2015 07:44
Bhatnagar Emotional On Elderly
The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar (third from right), with Golden Age Home board members and residents in Lautoka, yesterday. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar yesterday called on members of the public to look after their elderly relatives instead of dumping them at senior citizen homes.

Mrs Bhatnagar, while visiting the Golden Age Home at Natabua in Lautoka yesterday, turned emotional while speaking to the home residents.

She said it was sad to see senior citizens crying over their families.

“Most of the elders that I met did not complain about the place they live in. They cry for the presence of their family with them.

“It is sad to see how the elderly people who can be looked after are being abandoned and this should not at all be the case,” she said.

The assistant minister urged the public to take more responsibility.

“I ask the public to please treat them with more respect and take responsibility in caring for them because they had played such an important role to us,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

She also commended the state of the home.

“I am very impressed with the facilities at the home, especially with the farm where they can access to a healthy food supply.

“I thank the nurses and the staff for doing such a good job in looking after these elderly patients,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

She visited all individuals and listened to their concerns in terms of health assistance.

Feedback:  varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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