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Health services for senior citizens to be expanded

KATHMANDU, SEP 18 -

The health services provided to elder citizens above 65 years are to be expanded. The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare is coming up with additional health service programme for a few more districts. Presently the country is providing Rs.2,000 per person for medical care in 28 districts with elder citizens being able to avail of this a maximum of two times. Speaking at a press meet, organised to make known the government`s programme for the upcoming 13th International Senior Citizens Day, here today, Ganesh Upadhaya, Joint Secretary said that the district committee chaired by the CDO decides the amount to be disbursed in the local level. "We are expanding this facility to a few more districts and are to initiate the same in other districts as well in the near feature," he said. Meanwhile he also informed that 21 homes for the elderly were providing services among the more than 35 registered homes. According to the data of Bureau of Statistics, there are 1.4 million and 77 thousand elder citizens throughout the country, which come to about 6.5 percent of the total population. The International Elder Citizens Day to be celebrated on 1st October with the slogan `elder citizen -new power for development,` and core committee have been formed under Ranu Kumari Yadav, Minister for Women, Children and Social welfare. Representatives of the ministry, elder citizens, social workers and the NGOs and INGOs working for the welfare of the elder citizens are also included in the committee.Posted on: 2003-09-18 01:04


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