As part of its mission to identify with and cater for the need of the elderly people in the society, Concern for Elders Initiative, anon-governmental organisation recently took its free health care programme to Idimu community, in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The event held on October 1, 2016 in commemoration of the International Day of the Elderly, saw large number of elderly men and women of the community turn out and were offered free medical diagnosis and drugs to help in stabilising their health condition.
Speaking at the event, the President of the Organisation, Mr. Mathew Oruga, said the programme was meant to reach out to elders in the community who are among the neglected and abandoned elders in the society to offer some support to them and help restore their happiness and hope.
“The elderly in Nigeria and most part of Africa are neglected, abandoned and abused. Why we seek for better government policy that will touch their lives positively, we’re trying to bring succour to them in their natural environment where they can feel happy and have hope. We want to restore hope back to them because so many of them have been disconnected from the society and our leaders are not helping matters. They’re actually facing a lot of problems. Nobody I stalking about the elders and these are people that have given their all to the society, but today they’re abandoned.
“In Nigeria, the elderly people are abandoned and we need to create that awareness so that support can be given to them, and so that they can be carried along in the scheme of things.So today, we’re here in Idimu to celebrate them and to make them happy. We’re offering them free medical tests and drugs just to help them in their health.