Monday, December 5, 2022

Nagaland observes ‘International Day of Older Persons’


Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland celebrated International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on the theme “The Resilience and contributions of Older Women” on Saturday. To mark the occasion, Social Welfare department organised various programmes where health camps were conducted by Health & Family Welfare department and district-level awards were presented to senior citizens.
Kohima: In Kohima, the programme was held at Highland Park, with advisor of Social Welfare, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Noke Wangnao as special guest. In his speech, advisor Noke acknowledged the efforts of the department towards senior citizens of Nagaland. Commissioner & Secretary, Martha R. Ritse pointed out that the day was observed to celebrate the life of well-deserved older women who greatly contributed to society.
Highlighting 2011 census where elder population of Nagaland stood at 1,39,494, roughly 7% of the total population of the state, she pointed out that the proportion remained constant over the next 15 years and Nagaland Vision 2030 stated that the number of old age people would increase to 2.23 lakh by 2030. Ritse observed that the pandemic made people aware of socio-economic, environmental, health and climate-related impacts on the lives of older persons.
During the occasion, the state-level distinguished senior citizen’s award was presented to Dr. Joyce Zinyü Angami and Prof. Talitsuba Alinger.
In their speeches, Dr. Joyce Zinyü Angami acknowledged the department of Social Welfare for recognising her work while professor Talitsuba Alinger urged upon the senior citizens to work for the cause of people with their experiences from the past.
It may be mentioned that Dr. Joyce is a doctor by profession, involved with several NGOs and organisations and has also worked in the United Kingdom as senior house officer & registrar in gynae/ obstetrics and venereology.
She is serving as president of Nagaland State Medical Council, executive director of Society for the Welfare of Children Affected by HIV&AIDS, and medical officer, ODIC Kripa Foundation.
Professor Talitsuba Alinger is an educator who served as a lecturer and later a history professor at Fazl Ali College (FAC) Mokokchung. He also served as director of School Education and SCERT.
The district-level distinguished senior citizens award for Kohima district was awarded to Vizosul Luho of Khuzama village and Vitole Sothu of Viswema village.
Kiphire: In Kiphire IDOP was celebrated at Hopongkyu Memorial Hall with EAC Kiphire Ane Kheiya as special guest.
Delivering a speech, Kheiya thanked senior citizens for their contribution to the society and described older persons as source of wisdom.
She said no society would grow without the culture of care and respect to older persons and therefore appealed the gathering to cultivate care for the older persons.
DWO in-charge S. Yesumong Sangtam explained the benefits provided for older persons by the government while field response officer NHSC, Thriseo Sangtam highlighted services available to them.
At the programme, two senior citizens were awarded with cash and certificates.
Mokokchung: District Welfare Office (DWO) in collaboration with office of chief medical officer (CMO) Mokokchung celebrated IDOP at Ongpangkong Salang, Mokokchung.
According to a DIPR report, deputy commissioner (DC) Mokokchung, Shashank Pratap Singh stated that the centre has come up with various schemes to provide assistance to the elderly citizens.
At the programme, distinguished senior citizen award was presented to Dr. Tiameren Ao and Temsula Lemtur. Token distribution of assistive devices under RVY scheme was handed to beneficiaries.
Longleng: In Longleng, the programme was organised at PBCA hall Longleng with DC Dharam Raj as special guest.
According to a DIPR report, CDPO & i/c DWO Longleng, T. Longlang Luckpan delivered welcome address followed by award presentation for senior citizens for 2021-2022.
In his speech, DC said today’s generation has neglected to develop the value of sharing thoughts and time with aged people and that they focused more on areas which would disappear with age.
“Older people are the source of knowledge for us because it is only, they, who know about tribal customs, and culture”, he stated.
DC also presented the award for senior citizens 2021-2022 to Nyangpen Phom from Tangha village and Pukyung Phom from Hukpang village.
Tuensang: Tuensang district celebrated IDOP at Town Hall with DC Kumar Ramnikant as special guest.
According to a DIPR report, DLSA and judicial magistrate also conducted free legal advice for older persons.
DC appreciated the strong community fabric of Nagas as compared to others as Nagas gave better treatment to older people.
DSLA secretary & judicial magistrate first class Tuensang, Cheliam Khiamniungan delivered awareness speech on “Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act 2007” while UTELU president Impong Soted spoke on making ID cards for senior citizens and requested the DC for allotment of one office cabin for UTELU.
Earlier, T. Amenla Sangtam and Longkhangba Yimkhiung were awarded at the programme.
Peren: In Peren, IDOP was observed in the GB’s hall, Peren Town, wherein, special guest, ADC Peren Keyirangding Hegui acknowledged the senior citizens for their contribution in imparting social values which is required for younger generation.
At the programme, distinguished senior citizens—Dineu Ndang (85) and Wepenyi-U Ndang (90) were awarded in recognition of their contribution to society.
Phek: In Phek district, the programme was held at Meluri village council, wherein, VCM Meluri Chiilekhu Nyusou urged upon the older people to live contented lives and to leave good examples to the younger generations.
The programme was attended by VCMs of Meluri and well-wishers including 110 older persons among the total 155 older persons in the Meluri area.

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