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De-Pals Care Foundation unveils Health, Wellness Hub for aged in Kwara

In efforts to combat social problem faced by the elderly people, De-Pals Care Foundation has unveiled Health & Wellness Hub for the aged, to help them live well and free from loneliness, depression and neglecting by daughter in-law.

The health hub which was commissioned on Monday by the Executive Governor of Kwara state, H.E Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, was established by a risk analyst and a Life coach, Alhaja Asmau Bimpe Yusuf.

De-pals foundation offers friendship, help and support for the aged, also some of their services includes, Home care & management, medical control, nutrition assistance, post hospital care, leisure & recreational activities, adult literacy class, and lots more.

Shortly after the commissioning ceremony, Aged present at the event received free medical test and treatment at the health center located at Opposite Babaode Central Mosque, Coca Cola Road, Ilorin.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Governor of Kwara state, H.E Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq commended Alhaja Asmau Bimpe Yusuf for the laudable initiative, describing it as a project that would promote health care lifestyle of the elderly people.

“If you’re not active you grow old faster and benefit of the foundation is that, it will increase mobility, promote health care lifestyle, improve quality of life, keep minds active through adult literacy and improve health care awareness,” Gov. Abdulrazaq said.

He added that, “What De-pals do is comprehensive, this program is what the government is doing, should be doing and keep doing.”

“Government has program like this, it is not about renovating buildings, it is about the content what you have in those in buildings and the activities that takes place there.”

The Governor however, pledged a collaboration from government with De-pals adding that, “we will support your program, certainly government could engage you in promoting what you’re doing.”

“You can count on government support, we appreciate what you’re doing and we hope more foundations would go in this direction,” Gov. Abdulrazaq concluded.

Earlier the Initiator, Alhaja Asmau Bimpe Yusuf while speaking with our correspondent, explained that De-pals foundation is ready to take care of the elderly people age 60 and above, stressing that “there’s need for us to care for them, because many of them are faced with depression.”

Explaining what birthed the Idea, Alhaja Yusuf said, “I actually noticed that more attention have been focused on the youth, neglecting the elderly and everyday we are ageing and someday we get to the level that we left the elderly.

“So I felt there’s need for us to care for them, because many of them are faced with depression only because there’s nobody to talk to or people disrespect them look down on them thinking they are old and they have no worth, over years have been thinking that we have to prepare a future for ourselves.”

She therefore called on Government to implement a bill for the elderly just as there’s bill for the youth that take care of their right, their health and others.

Alhaja Yusuf who urged the aged to embrace the idea because it was initiated just to help them and to care for them, seek for support and partnership with government, companies, NGOs, CSOs and other interested individuals.

At the event were, Zonal coordinator National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA); Mr Adelaja Abereoron, NHIA Kwara state coordinator; Alhaji Ahmed Yahya, President National Union of Pensioners Kwara state chapter; Comr. Saidu Oladimeji, Kwara Commissioner for health; Dr. Raji Razaq ably represented by Dr. Oyeniyi, S.A special duty to Kwara Gov; Alhaji Jiddah Abdulrazaq, Medical personnels, friends, family, elderlies and well wishers.

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