Written by Walid Abdel Salam
Tuesday, 07 February 2023 09:14 AM
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar Wazir reviewed the health And the population, the Ministry’s efforts to support the elderly who are most vulnerable to disease, indicating that the Ministry launched the “Continuous Care Program for the Elderly” on October 1, 2021, and the number of beneficiaries has so far reached 552,000 citizens.
This came during the participation of Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar in an international meeting of policies and experts, which included researchers from various Arab countries, representatives of the health, planning and social development sectors in the Arab countries, and professors in various Egyptian and international universities, under the title “Strengthening the evidence base to support healthy aging in the Arab region.” ».
Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman forMinistry of Health and PopulationThe second phase of the “Continuous Care Program for the Elderly” provided 401 primary health care units, to reach 832 centers in November 2021 distributed in 21 governorates, indicating that the minister stressed in his speech the urgent importance of sharing in creating opportunities for communication at the national level. And the regional one among the organizations, institutions and activists concerned with the field of health care for the elderly, referring to the efforts of the Egyptian state and its leadership role in developing health strategies to support the elderly who are most vulnerable to disease, as part of the state’s plan to achieve its Vision 2030.
He explained that this strategic meeting is based on the pioneering experience of the Egyptian state in caring for the health and care of the elderly, in addition to the international experience and the current regional efforts in the aging file, pointing out that the meeting discusses all the necessary and achieved aspects to complete this vital study, in terms of (technical needs and demands, resources and capabilities). , the role and contributions of the various bodies, the organizational structure, and the role of stakeholders from scholars, experts and civil society), in addition to examining some procedures related to (health care, health insurance, pensions and social protection).
Abdul Ghaffar added that the minister thanked all the participating agencies and sectors concerned with developing policies and organizing mechanisms to work on studying the possible causes and consequences of elderly injuries, in addition to learning about the lifestyles of healthy elderly people, with the aim of spreading awareness of healthy aging, so he stressed that it is necessary Work to create and update comprehensive health databases for the elderly in every country in the region, and provide appropriate information and skills for the elderly, their families, and society as a whole to take care of themselves and maintain and develop their health, recommending the importance of cooperation in providing means of support for scientific research and a training file in the fields of health and community care for the elderly.
Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, indicated that the minister affirmed the ministry’s keenness to provide distinguished services to improve the quality of life for the elderly, by providing health insurance and advanced medical and treatment services within public health initiatives, citing a United Nations report, which includes that By 2050, the total population of Egypt will reach 160 million with a median age of 29.7 years, including 22 million (13.8%) adults aged 60 or over, so it is important to produce knowledge to support the well-being, contributions and livelihoods of this growing population, as well as To prepare for the potentially great burden not only of family members cared for by older relatives but of society as a whole.