Ak­bar cham­pi­ons wel­fare of el­derly

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Acol­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach is essen­tial to ef­fec­tively pro­mote the wel­fare of se­nior cit­i­zens, says Min­is­ter Rosy Ak­bar. The Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion made th­ese com­ments at the cel­e­bra­tions of Ben­ina Ciri­avesi’s 100th birth­day at the Sam­ab­ula Se­nior Cit­i­zens Home in Suva ear­lier this week. The event was or­gan­ised by the Min­istry to recog­nise the se­nior cit­i­zens liv­ing in age care homes. While speak­ing at the event, Ms Ak­bar has called on fam­i­lies to in­cul­cate the val­ues of re­spect and care for the se­nior cit­i­zens. “The whole idea of to­day’s event is not only to cel­e­brate the life of one of our own, she (Ben­ina) is like our grand­mother. “The first time I met her was when I first joined the Min­istry, some­thing pulled me to­wards her from there on, I have been closely associated with her. “And I believe that each one of us should have that pas­sion to not only care for our own se­niors, but to also care for some­body who has been ne­glected by her own in the so­ci­ety. “I am pleased that my min­istry has been given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter th­ese age care homes. We are try­ing to pro­mote in­clu­sive so­ci­ety and our se­nior cit­i­zens must be in­cluded and my hum­ble plea for the fam­i­lies is to re­alise that our se­nior cit­i­zens de­serve to be cared for in their own homes, among their fam­i­lies,” Min­is­ter Ak­bar elab­o­rated. The Min­istry is com­mit­ted to car­ing of el­der­lies and have plans to stream­line ser­vices at the three age care homes in the coun­try. “What­ever the cir­cum­stance maybe, our se­niors de­serve to be treated with re­spect. I have al­ways pleaded to the fam­i­lies out there whether you are over­seas whether you are here; there is still time for you to come and take your loved ones back into your homes, give them the re­spect and dig­nity that they de­serve. “As a min­istry we are very much com­mit­ted to cre­ate a sup­port­ive and in­clu­sive so­ci­ety for our se­nior cit­i­zens, but we can­not achieve this alone. Let us all be the am­bas­sadors for our se­nior cit­i­zens around the coun­try,” Min­is­ter Ak­bar said. The Min­istry has been al­lo­cated $934,744 in the 2016-2017 Bud­get to ad­min­is­ter the three age care homes in Fiji namely Sam­ab­ula Se­nior Cit­i­zens Home, Natabua Golden Age Home and Babasiga Ashram in Labasa. Source: Min­istry For Women, Chil­dren And Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion

Photo: Min­istry For Women, Chil­dren And Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion

Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion, Rosy Ak­bar (left), pre­sented a birth­day gift to Ben­ina Ciri­avesi dur­ing Ben­ina’s 100th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions at Sam­ab­ula Se­nior Cit­i­zens Home in Sam­ab­ula, Suva on Thurs­day.

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