Posted: Wednesday 14th May 2014 at 10:42 am

Elderly women in James Town benefit from health exercise

About 1,000 aged women living at James Town and in its surrounding communities in Accra have benefited from a free medical outreach programme.

The beneficiaries, between the ages 60 and 85 years, were treated for minor medical conditions during the programme organised by the Member of Parliament for the Odododiodioo Constituency, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye.

The medical package also included eye screening, screening for diabetes and deworming, malaria, typhoid, hypertension and general medical checks.

The programme, which was meant to commemorate this year’s annual Mothers Day celebration, saw the aged women also treated to a buffet and given various items. Celebrating women

Speaking to the Daily Graphic , Mr Vanderpuye commended the role of women in Ghana and their various contribution to the growth and development of the country’s economy.

He observed that without women, the country could not achieve any meaningful growth, adding that women’s influences in the society since creation had been enormous.

“As a country, we must understand that everything we boast now saw the light of day as a result of women. Women all over the world have been extremelly exceptional in the global transformation of the world,” Mr Vanderpuye said. Aged women’s role

Mr Vanderpuye asserted that in times of celebrating women in the society, emphasis ought to be given to aged women, especially those who had nobody to look after them.

“We have many of such women living within the Odododioodioo Constituency, and as the MP for the area, I have always thought of coming up with programmes to support these women,” he added.

According to Mr Vanderpuye, although his major goal in the constituency is to bring transformational change to the people of James Town and its surrounding communities and Ghana as a whole, the livelihood of the aged within the constituency concerns him greatly.

“As young people growing up, we always looked up to the aged women for advise and counselling. When you have more of these women in your constituency, it helps to shape the life of the youth, especially, in the mist of recent heights of indiscipline and social vices,” he said. Gratitude

One of the beneficiaries, a 72-year-old woman, Madam Rosemond Doglo, thanked the MP for organising the event to celebrate mothers, especially the aged ones.

She called for more support, since, according to her, most of the women living within James Town “do not have anybody to look after them”.

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