Accra, Oct. 2, GNA - A five-member delegation from Help Age Ghana, on Tuesday called on the Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection as part of activities lined up for the 2013 UN International Day for older persons.
Professor Nana Araba Apt, President, Help Age Ghana, said it is important for the country to take up the issue of the aged very seriously since they form an overwhelming majority of people in the country.
She said over the years Ghana had not taken issues of the aged seriously, explaining that it is not good for the economic development of the country.
Prof Apt said older persons must be encouraged to take up leadership roles in order to bring out their experiences and contribution to issues of development.
She said the current retirement age is not feasible, since it is possible for persons above the age of 60 to continue working actively to reduce the burden on government and develop the economy.
She appealed to the government to include issues of health related to the aged in the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Mrs Benita Okity Duah, Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, lauded the efforts of Help Age towards the improvement of conditions of the aged in the country.
She noted that issues relating to the aged have been neglected for far too long and said re-alignment of the ministry would facilitate efforts to address the challenges.