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Akbar Laments Elderly Care

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation calls on families to establish a strong family foundation and nurture the values of respect and care for senior citizens. The Minister
05 Sep 2015 14:26
Akbar Laments  Elderly Care
Sheema Chand Reddy, 85, (right), with the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation calls on families to establish a strong family foundation and nurture the values of respect and care for senior citizens.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, was responding to recent reports concerning senior citizens.

She had visited elderly couple Jai Prasad (68), and his wife Pushpa Wati, (67), in Sabeto, Nadi, last Saturday.

They moved to Sabeto earlier in the week after a family dispute.

Following an assessment of their case by the ministry, Mr and Mrs Prasad are going to be assisted through the Department of Social Welfare’s Poverty Benefit Scheme.

“The ministry will continue to reach out to senior citizens to ensure that their welfare and wellbeing are not compromised. We have continued to reiterate on the need for families to address such issues through care, understanding and communication process,” she said.

“For the ministry, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of senior citizens has always been of great importance. We will go out of our way to assist them in every way possible.”

She called on stakeholders to practice more responsibility when reporting such cases through the media.

During the Minister’s visit, it was revealed that the couple was not abandoned by their children and the story had been exaggerated.

“Upon the ministry’s assessment of this case, it was found that the couple had left because of a family dispute. They left by choice and not abandoned as mentioned in some of the initial reports,” she said.

“It’s essential in such cases to provide sensible reporting thorough assessment of cases before drawing any conclusion.

“Upon our discussion with the family, the sons have assured their support for their parents. Any issues concerning families are sensitive and if not handled with care, it could further damage relationships among families.”

Meanwhile, Ms Akbar has also visited the 85-year-old Sheema Chand Reddy who was allegedly assaulted by a family member in Nadi last month. Ms Reddy is also a recipient of Government’s Social Welfare Pension Scheme.

The Minister said her ministry, in partnership with non-government organisations (NGOs), would take appropriate measures to increase public awareness on the issue.

“The ministry, through National Council for Older Persons (NCOP), is focused on creating and an enabling environment for senior citizens. Any matters concerning the welfare of senior citizens, should be treated with urgency.”

 



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