Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Govt: No more rooms to accommodate elderly people in selected government camps
The government has said that, it has no any plan to add more camps to accommodate old people other than the 17 camps already formed in the country, the minister fir health whose ministry is also responsible for the elderly people Ummy Mwalimu has said. The Minister said last week in Parliament during question and answer session when she was responding a question earlier raised by the special seat legislator Gidaria (CCM) who wanted to know if there are plans by the government to add more camps to accommodate elderly people in the country. The Minister noted that, the number of the elderly people in the available camps whose number is approximately 500 is enough and that the government is spending tax payers’ money to take care of them.
She further noted that, in accordance with the social policy it is the obligation of closer relatives of the elderly people such as their children must take care of them at the family level wherever they are and never should they expect the government to take such responsibility any more. On free medication, the government is trying by all means to make sure that elderly people receives free medical services and under the current policy this is being manifested to help aged groups which are estimated to be 2.5 million elder people in the country. However, the minister dismissed request raised by the special seat legislator who wanted that the government should have planned to provide pension dies to all elderly people in the country. The minister however, said that, this policy might not work as it would require the availability of enough fund to execute the idea. However, she further noted that, old pensionable elderly people would continue receiving their dues upon their retirement as these are retirement benefits which are recognized according to the laws.