Source:| Ngwenekome Priscilia Ahone, Cameroon

The Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene, celebrates the elderly people of Cameroon in observance of the 29th edition of the International Day of Older Persons, on 1 st October.

Under the theme “Towards Equality between Age Groups” the activities took place at the Municipal hall of Yaounde.

The activities included free screening and care campaigns for the elderly persons, visits and donations to Senior Citizen Organizations and centenaries and an advocacy to increase awareness of all age-related social exclusions. Added in the activities was a conference on HIV and aging, and encouraging the aged to participate in socio-cultural activities.

According to the Minister, the objective of these activities was to remind the national community to respect and protect the elderly persons. Minister Pauline Irene Nguene further announced the “Great international meal” which was held at the esplanade hall of Yaounde to close the activities of the day.

Earlier, during a press briefing, she laid emphasis on the importance of eliminating discrimination among the elderly people and to empower the social, economic and political sector of the older people in the country.

“We urge Cameroonians to condemn any negative attitude meted out on the older people and to stand up against all forms of abuses they face on a daily basis”, she said.

Related to the protection of the elderly people, she further disclosed the ongoing construction of a house for aged people, which will provide a comfortable environment, proper medical care and entertainment to older citizens of the country.

The International Day of Older Persons is a special day that has been set aside by the world to celebrate the elderly people according to time and date online journal.

The worldwide celebrations began on 1st October, 1991 following the principles United Nations General Assembly had adopted for older persons. Also, UN made October 1 an International elderly day considering the Vienna International plan of action on ageing which was adopted in 1982. Few years into the commemoration of this day, the world assembly decided to look into the opportunities and challenges of the ageing population by adopting a Madrid International Plan of action on ageing in 2002.

Since then, 1st October has been regarded as a day to honor aged people worldwide as politicians in various countries make speeches for old people, newspapers, televisions and radios carry out interviews with senior citizens on various issues that are based on personal achievements.

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