by Chris Njoku
To mark this year’s World Malaria Day, Centre for Happy Elderly People (CHEP) a Non Governmental Organisation which takes care of the elderly in the society, organsied a free health check/ free malaria testing for the elderly.
According to the officials of CHEP, the Awareness/Health educational programme was aimed at educating them on vital matters concerning their health and how to manage it.
Speaking during the programme, the Coordinator of CHEP, Deaconess Lillian Jiringho, hinted that malaria is a disease of the blood, that is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.
Jiringho who stressed the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites said available statistics have shown that malaria claimed thousands of lives annually.
The health education programme, which is now, a quarterly exercise, also featured free health checks,free malaria tests, free drugs and distribution of treated mosquito nets.
Jiringho, said the quarterly health programme was informed following the continuous neglect of the elderly in the society.
“I was motivated to carry out this project, when I noticed that these elderly people have always been neglected, ever since the inception of this NGO, the turnout of these elderly people has been very great. We bring them together, give them health talk, and also provide some of the material things they need.
She called on the Federal Government to estbalish a ministry of the elderly, so that the elderly people in the soecity will really be cared for.
“These are men and women who have worked for this Nation, and retired. In our national anthem, we prayed that the labour of our past heroes should not be in vain, and now, we forgot that these elderly people are our past heroes”