As 60 inmates benefit from NMA health intervention
*Home: we lost two last week to health challenges
From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Senior citizens at the Home for the Elderly in Port Harcourt yesterday begged the government and well meaning individuals and organizations for medical attention to aide their failing health conditions.
The elderly persons made this call during a health outreach packaged by the Nigerian Medical Association, (NMA) in the state as part of its programmes to commemorate the Rivers Golden Jubilee Celebration.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Matron of the Home for Elderly in Port Harcourt, Reverend-Sister MaryJane Rafael Agwubosi, thanked the body for the intervention, describing it as timely.
Agwubosi stated that the home lost two of its inmates last week to ailment and called on well meaning individuals to join the NMA to give more medical attention to the senior citizens in the home.
She said: “When we got the message that NMA is coming to see us we were so happy. They have come at the time we need them most. We thank them for this gesture.
“Here we have a lot of challenges especially medical issues. Last week we lost two of our people here to sickness. When we sent them to the hospital they died because attention was not given to them.
“We need a lot of help. We need social workers. We need attention of the government and the public. Some time we do not have money to pay workers, but we do not lack food here. We need help to get more workers and to be able to pay them.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of NMA in the state, Dr. Dantoye Alasia stressed the need for good medical attention to be given to elderly people and disclosed that over 60 persons benefited from the programme.
Alasai said: “We planned this comprehensive medical outreach for the elderly people in this place to cover eye care, provision of drugs, cardiac and ECG, blood sugar test, malaria, and comprehensive heart evaluation. There is also a mental health evaluation station.
“The society is changing and the care for the elderly is not what it used to be, people no more care for the elderly ones. It is a wakeup call to the fact that there is no limit to what people can do to save the situation of elderly people.”