25 December 2012

Tanzania: Tanga Elders Issued Medical Cards

Tanga — OVER 1,200 elders in Tanga region have benefited from different kinds of assistance extended to them by regional commissioner's office.

The elderly have lauded the efforts which have made them secure National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cards, which now enable them to secure free medical services from some hospitals and health centres.

Speaking here yesterday, the Vice-Chairman of Elderly Organization known as Tanga Aging Rights Non-Governmental Organization (TARINGO), Dismas Mhando, said such services could not be delivered without the support from the regional commissioner's office.

Though all the elders in the region have not been issued with cards, efforts were being made to make sure that all eligible people get them as soon as possible.

" We have done a lot, and we appreciate the support we got from the office of the regional commissioner that has done a commendable job", he said, adding that his organization would continue fighting for elders' rights, especially those living in rural areas, where health facilities are not accessible", he said.

Speaking about the new constitution, Mr Mhando said the new constitution should clearly state the rights of elders in terms of health facilities, pension and other services. "Old people have done a lot for the development of this nation, therefore, it would be better if the constitution stipulates their rights for the next generation to recognize", he added.

"The new constitution should come up with something tangible for elders. We hope that our cry will reach the constitutional review commission. Many stakeholders will support it", he added.

In another development, Mr Mhando has called on residents of Tanga and elsewhere to support their organization to enable it perform its duties effectively. According to him, the organization has failed to visit all villages in the region to identify elders due to lack of funds.

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