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Long-term care to be considered for the elderly: Vuniwaqa

November 15, 2019 6:46 am

The Fijian Government recognizes that when caring for the elderly, old age homes and long-term care is to be considered says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

Officiating the ground breaking ceremony for the new Labasa Golden Age Homes yesterday, Vuniwaqa says elderly people with urgent and complex welfare needs need care and comfort to lead a healthy life without worries and anxiety.

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“The Fijian Government believes that we owe our elders an opportunity and adequate facilities to lead a life with good health, dignity, economic independence and a peaceful and respectful departure.”

However, Vuniwaqa says this in no way means that families should forget their responsibilities towards their elderlies.

“Nothing can replace the affection, love and warmth of a family and we hope that only the most genuine cases end up in our facilities.”

Vuniwaqa adds, government will continue to support the development of age friendly facilities and programs in our communities.

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