HelpAge Ghana seeks welfare of older people

HelpAge Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has called on the government to expedite action on National Aged Bill to improve the wellbeing of older people and the protection of their rights.

The NGO asked the government to establish the National Council on Ageing, to coordinate the implementation of the National Ageing Policy which was approved by cabinet in 2010.

HelpAge Ghana urged the authorities to actively participate in the meetings and other activities of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing, which was established by resolution A/RES/65/182 in December 2010.

These were in a statement issued by the Executive Director of the NGO, Ebenezer Adjetey-Sorsey, copied to The Ghanaian Times to mark the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which fell yesterday, June 15.

The day has been set aside by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 66/127, in which the world voices its opposition to the abuses suffered by many older persons in society.

The statement said targeting older persons, mostly the poor, illiterate and physically weak, and especially women who were sometimes widowed for abuses and violence, must be checked by all well-meaning members of the society, including the responsible institutions in the society

“We have read many media reports of older persons being branded witches and wizards with interesting reasoning including their fall from the skies while flying on witchcraft mission,” it said.

The statement called for the enforcement of the appropriate legal provisions in the statutes book against elder abuse and improved access to legal aid services by older victims of human rights violations.

The HelpAge Ghana acknowledged the increasing interest and commitment of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in addressing some of the issues which impacted negatively on the wellbeing of older persons.

By Times Reporter

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