GIS - 09 March, 2020: Government is determined to enhance the support extended to the elderly and people with disabilities by offering them adequate healthcare facilities and services. It is with this objective that caregivers of various homes and organisations are being trained under the Programme on Care for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities.
This was the gist of the message by the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, at an award ceremony held today in Port-Louis, to reward some 30 caregivers who have successfully completed their training.
The Minister underlined that the elders and people with disabilities should be treated with due attention and respect so that they live in harmony, good health and hygienic environment. The training, she said, is in line with the vision of the Ministry which is to create a conducive society for the integration and welfare of the elderly and persons with disabilities.
She spoke of the need to provide continuous training and capacity building initiatives adding that some more 45 caregivers will be trained over a period of six months under the Programme. Moroever, she said, some 500 Social Security Officers are also being trained to conduct random inspections at different homes and organisations with a view to ensure that the elders and the disabled are being kept and treated in best conditions.
Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo stated that the Ministry Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to work on ways to reduce waiting time at the hospitals and provide adequate treatment for the elderly population and people with disabilities.
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