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Selfishness, Poverty Responsible For Deplorable Condition Of Elderly–Group

John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Executive Director Centre for Parental Care of the Old and Vulnerable, CEPACOV, Makurdi, Mrs. Theresa Atser Iwail has said individualism, selfishness and the prevailing poverty in the country has made the living condition of the elderly very pitiable and deplorable.
Mrs. Iwail made this known when Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state yesterday paid a visit to the elderly centre.
She said the situation call for the need to love and care for the elderly, noting that she was inspired to establish the centre when discovered the suffering the elderly were going through in taking care of themselves.
“I got the inspiration from God as I sat in church one day and an old woman soaked in urine walked past me, she was unkempt and stunk, I felt for her and sought after her after mass and assisted her to tidy up and since then I have this burning desire and love for the aged,” she stated.
She said her organization has fifty out-patient clients on monthly stipends and eight others living in the Old Peoples Care Home.
Mrs. Iwail said Governor Ortom was the first Governor to visit the 10-year old home and listed difficulty in paying its 13 staff, land for expansion, bus, more beds and wheelchairs as challenges for which she solicited assistance.
Earlier, Governor, Samuel Ortom, charged well to do individuals and organizations in the state to show compassion on the less privileged in the society.
He stated that showing compassion was the surest way of attracting and retaining God’s blessings.
He donated a Toyota Hilux, pledged a monthly impress of N500, 000, beds and mattresses as well as wheelchairs to the home even as he directed that one of the inmates, Pa Iurun Tso, should be treated of hernia at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital at his cost.
The governor promised to support the home to deliver on its responsibilities to the inmates and urged well to do individuals and organizations to emulate the Executive Director of the home, Mrs. Theresa Atser Iwail who he described as the Mother Theresa of Benue State.

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