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IDOP 2021: LASUTH CMD Canvasses Commitment to Helping Older Persons

The Geriatric Unit of the Department of Family Medicine, in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), recently joined the entire world to celebrate the older citizenry at the 2021 International Day of Older Persons (IDOP). With a myriad of well-planned events, the older persons present felt a sense of belonging at the 3-day programme with the theme ‘Digital Equality for All Ages’.

The Chief Medical Director of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Professor Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo during a webinar hosted by the Geriatric Unit, canvassed for a deliberate effort from stakeholders to create enabling environment for older persons live happily. He opined that the population of older persons in Nigeria has increased owing to improved life expectancy and therefore there should be provision of facilities to ensure they live fulfilled lives at the stage they are in.

Speaking at the webinar, the pioneer doctor at Chief Anenih Geriatric Centre, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Dr. Lawrence Adebusoye made a presentation on ‘Ageism and Human Rights in a Digital Society: Leaving No Older Persons Behind’. He lamented the marginalization of older persons citing discrimination and lack of assistive technology that will enable them keep in touch with relations and friends.

Other professionals in Geriatric care also spoke at the webinar and they include, Dr. Osi-Ogbu Ogugua of Nafora hospital, Abuja, who spoke on Aging Policy in Nigeria and inclusiveness of Older Persons in the Sustainable Development Goals as she advised Government and policy makers on developing policies that will target older persons irrespective of their status in the community.

Speaking on establishment of an ideal comprehensive Geriatric Care Centre in LASUTH, the Head of Geriatric Unit in Family Medicine in LASUTH, Dr. Oludaisi Oduniyi elucidated on the essence of such centre as he taught more on disease prevention in older persons, problem associated with aging and how an ideal Geriatrician should be patient, kind and friendly to his patients.

During the peak of the 3-day programme, 60Plus Advocacy Initiative, a non-profit non-governmental organization working in partnership with some local and international bodies to advocate for social justice and quality living for the elderly in Nigeria. We promote the collective interest of senior citizens rights in Nigeria, made a presentation of two tricycles to aid the movement of older persons when accessing medical care within the hospital.

The Chairman, Governing Council, Deacon Yinka Obalade noted that over the years the NGO has raised money through partnerships to care for the elderly who otherwise do not have easy access to proper healthcare. He said the donation to LASUTH was one more dream fulfilled. He expressed that the tricycles will provide easy mobilization for the elderly who come for routine appointments at the hospital.

The CMD, who was delighted at the turnout of the event, congratulated the Geriatric Unit and also appreciated the donor on behalf of the Board, Management and Staff for the laudable gesture and he prayed good health for all the elderly persons present.

Other events that marked the IDOP celebrations in LASUTH include; visit and donation to the old people’s homes; free medical screening, gerolympics, gift presentation to esteemed older persons and a party.

LASUTH Management