Elders in health and mental agony as families abandon them

The government has allocated Sh.20 billon to women, the elderly and People Living with Disabilities this financial year.

The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) Vice Chairman, Simon Ndubai said most elderly people are desperate as they have been neglected by their children.

Elders have served this country well during their time as officers and citizens and deserve proper care from both the national and county government as senior citizen, said Ndubai.

He was addressing 120 elders over the age of 70 during a meeting at Isiolo North Constituency Development fund offices convened by the commission in Isiolo town yesterday.

The vice chairman who represents People Living with Disabilities in the commission said the County government should establish a home for the elderly to reduce their suffering.

He said the county government should also supplement efforts by the national government and provide funds to address the needs of the elderly.

The national government has helped elders with a monthly cash transfer of Sh. 2,000 and I urge the County government to chip in to assist them with more funds, said the vice chairman.

He said many elderly people are neglected by relatives and some died early due to poor living conditions at their homes.

The NGEC Chief Executive Officer, Paul Kuria challenged the current generation to care for their parents saying they will not succeed without their blessings.

Kuria said elders are the pillars and foundation of the present generation and deserve proper care and treatment from relatives and the County Government.

He said the elders have special knowledge and technical skills that can assist the current generation including ways of preserving their positive cultural practices.

Isiolo Assistant County Commissioner, Hussein Abdirahman asked chiefs and their assistants to ensure no cash transfer funds are returned to Nairobi.

Abdirahman said cases of cash transfer funds being returned to headquarters have increased as some finger prints had been rejected by machines in Isiolo.

He said many senior citizens were suffering due to luck of funds while the monthly token which would have assisted them is returned to Nairobi.

Source: Kenya News Agency