Tema Central MP fetes over 500 aged

Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema Central Constituency, Hon Kofi Brako, has organised a programme to host over 500 aged in his constituency.

According to the MP, he had taken the decision to bring all the aged in his constituency together to mark the United Nations Day for the aged which falls on 1st of October each year.

Hon Brako noted that this idea of bringing the elderly together was to celebrate and recognise the various contributions they have brought to the development of the country.

The MP, apart from feeding the aged, also brought in medical teams from the International Maritime Hospital (GPHA) and Crystal Hospitals to give free health talk and screening to them.

He also distributed over 300 pieces of assorted wax prints to the aged and other equipment to them.

The deputy Minister of Gender and Social Protection, Ms Gifty Twum-Ampofo, said there were no laws in Ghana now that protect the aged in the country.

To this end, she revealed that a bill has been put before Parliament which will address all the rights, protection and whatever has to do with the aged, and hoped it will be put into law soon.

Ms Twum-Ampofo stated that there was also the need for a stakeholder consultation, as this would help the experts and stakeholders to work through the bill so that it can properly cater for the aged.

She said the bill would contain things like freedom of the aged, provision of disability friendly places and putting up homes for the aged.

A former Minister in the Rawlings regime, Mr Austin Gamey, called for the proper management of the country’s social security systems.

He said this arrangement could also help to cater for the aged when they are no longer in any active service.

 

 

Story: Naillatu IDDRISU-SIKA, TEMA

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