By Our REPORTER
A Non-governmental Organization, St. Monica Home For The Elderly, said it has concluded plans to hold a one day seminar for the Elderly Persons in Edo state.
The Senior Partner of the NGO, Dr. Patience Onuwaje, disclosed during a courtesy visit to the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Edo State Council, Sir Roland Osakwe, at the union secretariat in Benin city on Monday 1st Novber, 20211.
She said the seminar which is a quarterly charity event is billed to commenced on Tuesday 9th November, 2021, adding that it is put together by the organization to support the Elderly Persons especially the needy and neglected ones in the state.
According to her, the theme of the seminar is; “Ageing and improved Elder Care for a Better Society”.
She further said, “at this seminar, we will be giving out food items, clothing and over the counter medications to the elders who are in need. In regard of this gesture, we sincerely appeal for your support for items like bags of Rice, Beans, satchet salt, cartoons of Tomatoes paste, spaghetti and Noodles”.
“Others are cartoons of toilet soap, detergent, glucometer (ACU-Check) and Strips, blood pressure monitor and batteries, cholesterol test strips and monitor, heat rubs, aboniki, vitamins, fish oil capsules, B-complex and pain killers”.
Dr. Onuwaje, explained that the drive of St. Monica Home is to increase joyful elders in the community, adding that the vision is to make their home the best alternative place to live, while the mission is to render dignified service with godly compassion.
Explaining further she said, “the challenges of the elders is that Elderly person often has limited regenerative abilities, thus, more prone to diseases, dementia, syndromes and sickness than younger adults. This group of people also face social issues such as retirement, loneliness, ageism and many.
“Consequent on these challenges, they need a lot of assistance especially as the African tradition of younger family members caring for the elderly is gradually drifting away. This is due to social and cultural contact with more developed countries that have well structured Elderly care system which Nigeria doesn’t have”.
Responding, the Edo State NUJ Chairman, welcome her to his office while appreciating the organization for the kind and humanitarian service to the society, he assured her of the Union’s support in the values of the NGO.
He then promised to make himself available on the day of the seminar by attending with other journalists and as well giving it a well deserved coverage.