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Jinja Elderly Demand for Home Care Services

Ronald Katongole, Jinja Municipal Social Service Secretary says the number of elderly residents is projected to grow from 2,000 to 3,000 over in the next decade. He says with the increasing urbanization, elderly people will need more services offered at specifically gazetted centers like homes.

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There is increased demand for home care services for the elderly in Jinja district, URN has learnt. John Muwema, Chairman Jinja Municipal Older Persons Association, says there are about 2000 registered older persons of 60 years and above in13 selected parishes in the municipality.

 

He says more than half of these, can't afford basic necessities, such as food and medicine. According to Muwema, a section of elderly persons cannot go back to their villages after having spent more than 40 years in Jinja municipality yet they lack people to take care of them.

 

Muwema says they are pushing for the construction of a home to cater for the elderly people who lack caretakers.

 

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78 - Year - old James Mutimba is a resident of Masese village in Walukuba/ Masese division and former employee of Uganda Grain Millers Limited. Mutimba is yet to receive his retirement since being laid off in 2000. According to Mutimba, he finds it very challenging to get access basic necessities such as sugar, paraffin and medicines.

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He says “As people age, personal savings and pension account balances are depleted, yet they have nowhere to get care from.” The only home for elderly in Jinja district, which is found in Mpumudde / Kimaka division, only accommodates 20 people.

 

Peter Musoke, the Warden of the Home, says the facility lacks beddings, mattresses and funding to accord elderly people a dignified life. Some of the elderly people sleep on the floor without enough clothing and nutritious meals to feed on. He says the home cannot admit more elderly people under the prevailing conditions.

 

Ronald Katongole, Jinja Municipal Social Service Secretary says the number of elderly residents is projected to grow from 2,000 to 3,000 over in the next decade. He says with the increasing urbanization, elderly people will need more services offered at specifically gazetted centers like homes.

 

Article 32 of the 1995 constitution requires the state to make reasonable provisions for the welfare and maintenance for elderly persons.

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