‘Wellbeing of senior citizens our priority’, Ajayi
Passionate about the wellbeing of the aged in the society, Mrs. Oluremi Ajayi has said that her Non-Governmental Organisation, Compassion for the Aged Foundation (CAF) would continue to provide necessary supports for senior citizens in the country.
Speaking during an outreach put together for the aged by CAF at Wooro in Obafemi Owode local council of Ogun State, Ajayi stated that old people should not be neglected, adding that they had sacrificed a lot in bringing up their children.
“Our elderly ones have done so much for us and we in turn need to take care of them at old age. CAF is determined to ensure the wellbeing of our senior citizens by supporting them with basic needs such as foodstuffs, free medical check ups and treatments,” she stated.
The Founder and Executive Director of the foundation assured that the outreach would be a continuous exercise, adding that it would be extended to more communities in the area.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to support in the care for the aged.
Also speaking, an agriculturist in the community, Pastor Michael Jayeola said: “Once we attain the age of 50, there are certain habits we should drop, while we embrace new lifestyles and pay adequate attention to our health.”
Giving a wellness talk at the event, medical personnel, Mrs. Temitope Oluwalere, warned against self-medication, enjoining the senior citizens to always visit a healthcare facility close to them for proper medical treatment.
She admonished participants to keep their environment clean and avoid open defecation to prevent outbreak of diseases, reiterating that ‘health is wealth’.
In their remarks, the Baale of Wooro village, Chief Ismaila Sowale and his counterpart from Ilogbo, Pa Clement Ariyibi, commended the foundation for its commitment to their wellbeing through the outreach programme for the elderly in their community, promising to put to use all that they learnt from the health talk.
Appreciating the group on behalf of beneficiaries, Mrs. Omolayo Adebayo from Eforon village, Mr. Kareem Akiniyi of Owu village and Mrs. Noimot Isiaka from Eleepo Aran said the interventions of the foundation since 2022 had improved their wellness.
Highlight of the event was the distribution of daily necessities for over 100 participants to promote healthy living, as well as raffle draws that saw lucky winners going home with various gifts.