COVID-19: Organisations call for investment in the elderly during the pandemic

By ZBC Reporter

The Dete Old People’s Home has called for investment in the well-being of older people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organisation, which has put in place measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19, is appealing for wheelchairs for some of the older people at the institution who are at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Triumph Africa Chief Executive Officer Ms Tendai Immanuel said the pandemic should unite society in finding ways to protect and safeguard the wellbeing of the vulnerable members of the community.

“Older people’s rights, welfare and wellbeing are not to be seen as a burden or a drain of effort, time and resources. We are delighted to be able to support Date Old People’s Home,” she says.

As part of its commitment to the Matebeleland North Province, Triumph Africa has also pledged to roll out other projects in the province in support of the country’s vision 2030.

However, the private sector has been commended for complementing government efforts in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the elderly, despite challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking after the signing of an agreement which will see a local organisation taking over medical bills for the elderly at Dete Old People’s Home, Sister in Charge Cecilia Mwembe welcomed the gesture and stressed the importance of investing in the wellbeing of the elderly.

“We are so grateful for the support that we have just received from Triumph Africa which will go a long way in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the elderly at the home.”



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