Welfare of retirees should be a development issue – Dr. Omokaro
The welfare and wellbeing of senior citizens in the country must be seen as a development issue and accorded priority.
This position was articulated by the Executive Director of Save Omokaro Foundation, Dr. Emem Omokaro, at an interview held in Abuja.
“Aging should be seen as articulated development issue. Development is about people. The benefit of development should be spread per person,” she said.
Omokaro, therefore advocated for the main streaming of issues that concern retirees and all aged persons in the country into development agenda of the nation.
She called on government to pay attention to access to appropriate health care for retirees who suffer chronic diseases as they aged.
“For you to have retirees paying out of pocket for health services, when that age is when you have chronic disease, I think that is cause for concern,” she said.
She lamented the absence of a system of national social security that took care of the needs of aged persons.