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President Made My Day, Says 94-Year-Old

Durga Prasad had never met the President Major Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote so you can imagine his excitement when he did so at the Golden Age Home Labasa. The 94-year-old,
12 Dec 2018 11:18
President Made My Day, Says 94-Year-Old
President of Fiji, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote (right) meeting with Durga Prasad (left) at Golden Age Home Labasa on December 11, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

Durga Prasad had never met the President Major Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote so you can imagine his excitement when he did so at the Golden Age Home Labasa.

The 94-year-old, a resident, who’s been living there since his family migrated overseas was filled with joy when he met the Head of State and the First Lady Sarote, yester­day.

“I told him that I was very pleased to meet him and he said thank you to me,” he said.

Mr Prasad said that he’d often look at the entrance of the facility in hope that at least someone vis­ited them.

“I’m happy because this Christ­mas has already turned out to be­ing very big for me,” he said.

“This is such a good feeling to me because I hardly ever have any visi­tors.”

Mr Prasad has been staying in the elderly home for the last 14 years and said that he had no close fam­ily members nearby.

“The only close family I had, they have migrated overseas,” he said.

He said that he looked forward to more visitors especially during the festive season.

“I like Christmas because there is so much excitement all around us.”

President Konrote said: “As we head into the festive season, it was only right that my wife and I vis­ited everyone.

Mr Konrote also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the staff in looking after the el­derly.

“Looking after the elders is some­thing which I know as I also had to look after my mother-in-law who is now 99 years of age,” he said.

“Thank you for your patience and perseverance as I know that it’s a challenging job for you.

“We have ups and downs but at the end of the day, we have an obliga­tion to look after our elderly.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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