Holds review meeting of district level committee for Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens; Asks health department to ensure health facilities for senior citizens in government hospitals
LUDHIANA, December 28, 2017: Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Mrs.Surabhi Malik on Thursday held a review meeting of district level committee formed under Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act and ordered the various departments to appoint a nodal officer besides sending their names along with mobile numbers to the District Social Security Officer for the effective implementation of committee’s works.
The meeting was attended by officials from police and social security departments besides representatives of social welfare organizations.
While presiding over the meeting Mrs. Malik directed police officials to take timely decision over the complaints of senior citizens. She asked police department to provide security to the elderly people if it is needed for their safety.
She also directed the officials of health department to ensure availability of all healthcare facilities to the senior citizens in the government hospitals and senior citizens should be given priority whenever they visit the government health institutions for the medical examination. She further stated that list of free medicines should also be displayed in the hospitals.
Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Manjeet Singh told that a team conducts the medical examination of elderly citizens above 90, by visiting door to door in the district. He disclosed that a health team also visits old age home regularly.
Meanwhile, the ADC (Development) ordered social security department to prepare old age pension cards of eligible citizens and whole process should be made simple so that senior citizens could not face any kind of difficulties
District Social Security Officer Inderpreet Kaur revealed that department has already made 26722 senior citizen cards and these could be used by them to take the benefit of government schemes.