President of Dominica His Excellency Charles Savarin has called on citizens to take care of the elderly during the covid-19 pandemic.
Research has shown that persons over the age of sixty are more vulnerable to the virus and are at a higher risk.
In his address to the nation on International Day of Older Persons 2020, the President reminded citizens that it is everyone responsibility to take care of the elderly.
“I wish to take this opportunity to make the point that it is everyone’s business during the Covid-19 pandemic to support and protect our elders. I am pleased to note that the health, safety and support of our older persons are incorporated into Government’s comprehensive response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of the vulnerability of older persons to covid-19, we have been strongly encouraged by our public health professionals to take all precautionary measures to protect our elders and to avoid non-essential in person visits,” President Savarin stated.
President Savarin says that while citizens must stick to the social distancing precools to keep the elderly safe and minimize risk of exposure, the elderly must not be ignored or isolated.
“We must however bear in mind that during this period, our elders continue to have needs. We are to ensure that those needs continue to be met including access to accurate information on how to stay physically and mentally healthy during the pandemic and what to do if they should fall ill. Additionally finding ways to stay socially connected is even more important for the elderly as many do not have easy access to digital platforms. Physical distancing is not social isolation. We all understand the reason why we cannot pay in-person visits to our elders, so let us make a concerted effort to talk to them every day so they do not feel alone,” The President explained.
The President then called on local organizations to continue their quest in ensuring that the elderly live safe and comfortable lives.
“Each and every one of us should also pledge support for the various civil society organizations that are providing nursing and social care to our older persons, and let our efforts be counted. I urge all the voluntary and civil society organizations to continue to recruit more hands to aid in their respective quests to support and protect our elders and to see to it that they continue to live happy and comfortable lives,” President Savarin added.