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FG to tackle health and social challenges

The Federal Government has restated its commitment to address the health and social challenges of the elderly in Nigeria through its healthcare package.

the Coordinator, Healthcare Package for Improving Quality Care on Ageing Population in Nigeria HEPIQ-C, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Saidu Dumbulwa, stated this in an interview with the Newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

Dr Dumbulwa said the Federal Government would address the health and social needs of the elderly in the country through the HEPIQ-C project.

The coordinator said that the project was designed to advance elderly peoples’ health and address some developmental issues relating to the aged in Nigeria.

He said the federal government had developed a national policy frame work on healthy ageing for the elderly to ensure adequate attention to the elderly.

According to him, the focus of the framework will be to come up with an appraisal of programme work, address key bottlenecks and proposed strategic direction and guidance for implementation.

He said the implementation of the project would start with the training of healthcare workforce and research reviews to identify opportunities and develop strategies for successful programme transition and sustainability.

Dr Dumbulwa called for synergy between the ministry and social development partners to ensure quality healthcare delivery for the elderly.

He also called for adequate training for health workers in Nigeria to provide them with skills needed to deliver appropriate support and care to the elderly.

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