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Government committed to provide for the elderly

The government is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for the elderly, ensuring increased opportunities to age care services for senior citizens. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar reiterated this while officially opening the National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) meeting held at the Ministry’s headquarters in Suva on […]

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January 24, 2016 8:31 pm

The government is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for the elderly, ensuring increased opportunities to age care services for senior citizens.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar reiterated this while officially opening the National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) meeting held at the Ministry’s headquarters in Suva on Thursday.

Minister Akbar emphasised the importance of NCOP to tackle the challenges of the ageing population.

“Fiji’s elderly population has increased over the past two decades with a further increase expected in the next 50 years.¬†According to the last 2007 National Census Fiji’s total population was recorded at 837,271. Older persons (60 years and above) comprise 7.5 percent of Fiji’s population with a registered total of 62,940.

The Minister said that the Council planned to use a multisectoral approach to increase its reach out to the senior citizens.

“As of this year, the Ministry will look after the administration of the three senior citizens homes in Fiji. Apart from the administration of these age care homes, the Ministry will also be responsible for the care and protection of the senior citizens who are accommodated within these 3 institutions, as well as the rights and interests of older persons in communities.

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