Day of Older Persons: Social Affairs Minister Recommends Prudence

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The Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene has called on older persons in Cameroon to wear their face masks in public places and respect preventive measures aimed at barring the way to COVID-19.

Minister Pauline Irene Nguene was speaking during a press briefing to mark the 30th edition of the International Day of Older Persons this October 1, 2020.

With the theme of focus this year being, “Pandemics: Do they change how we address age and ageing”, the Minister called on all Cameroonians to ensure the protection of the elderly.

She highlighted the need to respect preventive measures put in place by Government, stating, “…Prevention is better than cure.”

Government’s Contributions in Reaching out to Older Persons

The envisaged creation of recreation centres where older persons would receive medical and psychosocial support as well as entertainment.

Elaboration of a guide on healthy and active aging.

The introduction of study programmes in the domains of geriatrics, gerontology and andragogy within the faculties of medicine, human sciences, biomedical sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Organisation of sensitisation campaigns on preparation and management of retirement.

Apart from Government’s involvement, Minister Pauline Irene Nguene also emphasised on the need to:

Ensure medical support and care for vulnerable older persons

Reinforce the accessibility of older persons to socio-medical services and medication.

Reinforce an adequate support and care system for all the elderly.


Statistics from the United Nations indicate that the number of older persons in the world which stood at 600 million in 2000 will rise to about two billion by 2050.

In Cameroon, statistics reveal that the number of persons aged 60 years and above was 1,143,691 in 2015 with the majority being women (52%).

With a drop in life expectancy rate, the effects of financial and energy crisis and health pandemics, statisticians fear the number of old persons will soon become higher than that of the youth, worldwide.

As commemorative activities take place worldwide, it is the hope of all that the elderly receive better care and support especially within the present COVID-19 context where they are more vulnerable.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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