Bill for the aged to be passed Gender Minister discloses

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur has disclosed that her Ministry has submitted drafting instructions to the Attorney General’s Department for the processing of the Ageing Bill.

According to her the Attorney General has finalised the bill and it will be presented to Parliament for approval.

She said the act when passed will see the establishment of an aged fund which will be used to address challenges of the aged and create a social safety net for the older persons.

Nana Oye Lithur said this at a programme organized in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale to register 500 aged on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

She said the Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with some Danish institutions to provide elderly care services in the country. This she said will address the healthcare needs of the elderly in Ghana.

She added that the agreement will result in financial and technical support for geriatric education by mainstreaming the aged into the main nursing and medical curriculum in Ghana.

The Minister said the deal will also support Trainer-of-Trainees program to develop an elderly curriculum in nursing colleges beginning with the government colleges.

Nana Oye Lithur disclosed that the ministry has begun a nationwide rollout of the EBAN Elderly Welfare Card where 9,526 elderly persons in the Central, Western, Volta, Eastern and Greater Accra Regions have been issued with the cards.

She said this move will enable the aged get access to banking halls, hospitals and also get 50 percent rebate on Metro Mass Transit buses.

The Gender Minister said the project will be extended to Northern Region and the two Upper Regions soon.


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