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Support for the aged, Mamfehene urges the public

By Bertha
Badu-Agyei, GNA

Mamfe (E/R), Aug. 3, GNA – Nana Ansah Sasraku,
Mamfehene and Kyidomhene of the Akuapem traditional area, has said the role of
the aged should be appreciated and their relatives need to take special care of
them so that they can impart their knowledge and experience.

Speaking at an Akwasidae meeting of the elders and
people of the town, where an aged welfare foundation was inaugurated, he called
close relations who have abandoned their aged ones for various reasons to turn
away from that mentality and support them.

Nana Sasraku said because of neglect, many of the
aged were living in poor conditions and have become burdens on the larger
society adding that it is societal virtue to care for the vulnerable and aged.

The Mamfe Aged Welfare Foundation was established
by a retired Presbyterian Minister, Reverend Adu Mensah, with the aim of
reaching out to all aged persons who have been abandoned and provide them with
their needs.

Reverend Mensah said the role exemplified by Jesus
Christ, where he showed compassion to the physically disadvantaged, the
unattractive and the diseased, was a charge to all who profess to follow his
ways.

He said it was in this regard that he decided to
work with the aged adding that the neglect of the aged in society is a worrying
concern as some have not been visited or gone out for over 10 years due to ill
health, whiles others are being branded as witches.

Mr Dennis Aboagye, the Municipal chief executive
for Akuapem North, said an aged home would soon be constructed at Mamfe to
provide recreation and shelter for the aged and appealed to the chiefs and
elders to release land for the project.

A philanthropist from Mamfe donated GH¢5000.00 to
the Foundation.

GNA

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