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Proper healthcare must for older persons: Tovihoto

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By EMN Updated: Oct 01, 2013 11:44 pm
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Staff Reporter
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 1

PARLIAMENTARY Secretary for IT & Communications, Technical Education and, Science & Technology and Taxes, Tovihoto Ayemi on Tuesday underscored that proper healthcare of the older persons in our society should never be compromised. Addressing the celebration of International Day of Older Persons here today in Dimapur at DC conference hall, Tovihoto said, “On such days, the responsible authorities should also enquire whether the welfare initiatives of the government are meeting their needs. It could happen that the initiative might not be up to their expectation and requirements since this ageing population needs extra tender care.”
If possible, we should find ways about the possible inclusion of the senior citizens into the workforce according to their own capacity and health, he suggested.
The Parliamentary Secretary further observed that the celebration was all the more relevant in the context of the Nagas given our system of “oral tradition” of story and history telling.
“So older persons are one of the most important group of people in our society today. They are in one way preservers of Naga stories and culture. Senior citizens are the rich resources of our oral tradition and we should tap these resources from them while they are still with us.”
He noted that our state “seems to be lacking in the promotion of such important day of older persons.” “Billboards or hoardings depicting the need to show care and respect to senior citizens would not only bring smile to the aged people but also create awareness in the society about the importance of older persons,” Tovihoto suggested.
The program was organized by the department of Social Welfare, Dimapur. DC Dimapur N H ushili Sema was the chairperson of the program.

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By EMN Updated: Oct 01, 2013 11:44:00 pm