Consider plight of the elderly, gvt urged

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GOVERNMENT has been challenged to urgently ratify the Protocol on the Rights of Elderly Persons in Africa in the wake of coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak which has left elderly people exposed to the consequences of the deadly disease

This comes as many elderly people have been left vulnerable to hunger particularly during this lockdown period as they cannot access their little social grants and gratuities for a living.

In a communique released this week, the Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) said government can only alleviate this plight of the elderly by ratifying and signing into law the Protocol on the Rights of Elderly Persons in Africa.

“The government of Zimbabwe needs to take seriously the threats and challenges of the elderly people in these changing times and sign and ratify the Protocol on the Rights of Elderly Persons in Africa,” said the communique in part.

“There is need for increased social safety programmes targeting the urban elderly.
“Arrangements need to be made with burial societies, funeral insurance and funeral service companies to create new arrangements that target the urban elderly.”

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