PLSG to address health challenges in the State

Plateau State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Sarah Yusuf has reiterated the commitment of the Redemption administration of Governor Jonah David Jang in addressing the health challenges of all and sundry in the state.
Mrs. Yusuf stated this during the celebration of the day of the elderly in the state tagged “The future we want, what older persons are saying” held at the ministry’s women center in Jos, last Thursday.
The commissioner stated that the elderly are entitled to enjoying life of fulfillment, adding that the theme was a wakeup call to all in order to redouble collective efforts of providing care to the elderly in the society and to seek for a way forward in the state and the entire country.
According to her “Traditionally, we do know that respecting and supporting the elders is an action that portrays good behaviours and ethics. We should help them to have a healthy and rewarding aging as we follow their foot step.
“To actualize this, we have decided to provide basic health check of blood pressure, blood sugar and rapid malaria test. This is in addition to supporting basic household items as way of wishing you health life”.
Mrs. Yusuf maintained that the aged should enjoy life of fulfillment, good health, within a secured environment. All these will enhance their contributions in the development of sectors such as politics, economy, social and cultural activities in the society.
She said they were determined to enhance the recognition of the dignity of older persons and to eliminate all forms of neglect, abuse and violence they may be exposed to.
“I urge all and sundry to look into the plight of the elderly in the society with emphasis on supporting them in all aspects of fulfilled life”.
Earlier in her welcoming remark, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Sumaye Hamza commended Governor Jonah David Jang for giving them such support to mark this day which was one of its kinds in the history of the ministry in the state.
However applauded all the elderly and the aging for turning up in good time and congratulated them for being part of the event, adding that they are worthy to be celebrated as they have contributed a lot to the state in the time past and wished them well.
While appreciating the medical doctors who came from the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) to offer free medical test and to give health care to the elderly in the state as part of their contribution to state, revealed that their effort towards this kind gesture will not be in vain.
The leader of the medical Team, Dr. Dakum Longji who spoke on how to maintain good health, advised the elderly to check their blood pressure regularly and to take a lot of water and avoid eating too much salt.
He however called on the government to give adequate attention to the elderly in the society as they have contributed positively to the development of the society and the state en general.

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