Myanmar observes International Day of the Older Persons

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Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko presents medicines and cash donations to an aged person.  Photo: MNA

International Day of the Older Persons was observed at Myanmar International Convention Centre 2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“With the aim of supporting the social lives of the senior citizens and providing regular income for them, the government is providing a social pension of K 10,000 from its coffers for all the nonagenarians and above in the entire country,” said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe at the ceremony.
Currently, 39,440 elder persons are enjoying the pension, and the ministry has further plans to increase the population of senior citizens entitled to enjoy the financial assistance, he said.
Like many other ASEAN countries, Myanmar’s aged population is increasing rapidly. Of the country’s population of 53 million 4.9 million or 9.2 percent are 60 and above. Roughly, we can say that one in eleven is a senior citizen. This highlights the vitality of social and health care for the growing aged population.
The system of caring the older persons through voluntary homes for the aged began over 100 years ago in 1915. At present, 82 recognized homes for the aged are protecting over 2700 older persons. The government is also providing financial support for the homes.
Then the message of the UN secretary general was read out by the UNFPA resident representative. The Union minister presented K 2 million for the oldest man and woman of the country. Senior Citizen U Aye Thein on behalf of the two accepted the cash assistance.
Daw Naw Maw Htoo, who also is a senior citizen, of the aged care group, explained the community-based old aged protection program.
Union ministers Thura U Aung Ko, U Thein Swe, Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Naing Thet Lwin, Deputy Minister U Soe Aung and officials presented medicines and cash donations for the aged persons at the ceremony. —Myanmar News Agency

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