Aged persons in Jinja municipality are calling for ordinances that would ease their access to public facilities.
They are demanding that such regulations facilitate and mandate private and public hospitals, banks and public offices, to create designated places where the aged can be attended to swiftly.
The call is embedded in a petition signed by 52 representatives brought together under the umbrella of Jinja Municipality Older Persons Associationâ€“JIMOPA drawn from the 13 parishes in Jinja municipality. The association has over 2000 members aged over 60.
JIMOPA Chairperson John Muwema says the absence of special provisions for the elderly contradicts Article 32 of the 1995 constitution which commits the state to affirmative action in favour of groups marginalized on the basis of gender, age and disability. He adds that the trend today, is putting their lives at risk.
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Association Member Naome Afuna Adula demands that priority be given to health services because older people are prone to ailments.
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Jinja Municipal deputy Mayor George Izale, who is also Secretary for Social Services, says his office has already received a written proposal on the needs of the aged.
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However, Dr Sophie Namasupo, Jinja referral hospital Director says although the hospital has no specific access points for the elderly people, at the out patient's department specific drug access points for males and females have been put in place to ease their access to medical services.
At private banks in Jinja, the supervisors who preferred anonymity say they identify elderly people and those who are expectant from the queues to access banking services on time, although there is no sign for special services for the elderly.