MTN Foundation supports International Day of Older Persons

Julius K. Satsi/Priscilla Amoako, GNA    

Accra, Oct. 1, GNA – The MTN Foundation on
Monday partnered the Ark Foundation to provide free health screening for older
persons as part of its contribution towards the commemoration of International
Aged Day.

The health screening was part of the
activities planned for the aged at the University of Ghana (UG) Centre for
Ageing Studies as part of the day’s celebrated worldwide on the theme:
“Celebrating Older Human Rights champions”.

Madam Cynthia Mills, the Economic Empowerment
Advisor for the MTN Foundation, said MTN sponsored the health screening
exercise because there was the need to provide support for the aged.

“They were those who cared for us when we were
younger,” she said.

She noted that, the Foundation does a lot to
support the aged in the community and that MTN Foundation regularly organised
special programmes for the aged.

Madam Mills said: “This year, for lots of the
festivals in the country that we’ve celebrated, we organise health screening
specifically for the aged.

We also commenced an awareness creation
campaign on the need to assist our elderly because they need us,” she added.

Speaking in interview with the Ghana News
Agency, Professor Charles Mate-Kole, the Director of the Centre for Ageing
Studies of the College of Humanities at the UG, said the centre, which was two
years needed infrastructure support to aid its operations.

He urged Pastors who were fond of tagging the
elderly as witches to desist from such action as it leads to the early demise
of the elderly out of loneliness and challenged the young people to the
initiative of visiting their elderly at least weekly or monthly.

Prof Mate-Kole said the Centre needed a lot of
funds to continually organise research conferences, colloquiums, and workshops
among others to help create more awareness among the Ghanaian populace on how
to understand older persons as well as relate well with them.

He said there was the need to fight for older
people’s right adding, older people who never worked in the public sector do
not get any form of pension benefits to support themselves and if their
children also forgot to give them some form of help, they are helpless.  

Rev Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, a member of the
Centre urged government to pay special attention to provide adequate assistance
with older person because all persons were entitled to benefit from the
national cake.

He said there was the need to share the
national cake to reach the older persons through the establishment of
facilities that would help in caring for the elderly and giving them free
access to public facilities.

Resolution 45/106, passed by the United
Nations General Assembly on December 14 1990, declared October 1st to be the
International Day of Older Persons.


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