MPs concerned about senior citizens abusing alcohol

WINDHOEK: Chairperson of the National Assembly Human Resource, Social and Community Development committee Agnes Tjongarero has on Tuesday expressed disappointment over alcohol abuse among the old people in the country.

“Old people supposed to give example to young people for themr to refrain from alcohol abuse, but yet they are the one who are abusing the liquors,” said Tjongarero.

She expressed her disappoint over alcohol abuse in an interview with Nampa immediately after she had a meeting with old age persons at Katutura Old Age home.

The Parliament Committee on Human Resources, Social and Development Community Committee members visited the Katutura Old Age Home to assess the living conditions of the elderly citizens in that home.

The Home caters for 22 old people.

She called on old-age people to refrain from taking alcohol.

“Alcohol makes you weak and debilitate your memory. Respect yourself for young people to respect you,” she said.

She urged senior citizens to drink soft drinks and eat a lot of sweets.

Briefing the Parliamentarians, Old-Age Home Caretaker Martha Rukoro said the senior citizens are drinking and abusing alcohol.

She said after drinking, they (old people) came back home to swear at her. Rukoro said she is doing everything for them by way of doing their laundries, cleaning the home, cooking for them and taking them to see the Doctor when needs arise.

“Otherwise, I am ready to do my job by taking care of my senior citizens, but please they have refrain from alcohol intake,” she said.

Sometimes, complain for not having toilet papers, but they get their pension money and use it for alcohol, instead of buying groceries.

One of the senior citizens complained about limitation in the house.

“Our lives are being controlled and limited. Even emergency is limited. You have no right to see the Doctor every day. Individual rights are limited, we have to live under limits and our movements are limited,” he said.

Another pensioner complained about eating everything which she does not eat.

“I do not eat fish, but I ended up eating fish because there are no special food for me,” she fumed.

The other pensioner asked Parliamentarian if they can be given TVs in their rooms.

Tjongarero promised them to table their concerns in the National Assembly.

(edited)WINDHOEK: A Member of Parliament on Tuesday expressed disappointment over alcohol abuse among old people in the country.

Agnes Tjongarero, the chairperson of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social and Community Development, said old people are supposed to set an example to young people for them to refrain from alcohol abuse, but yet they are the ones who are abusing liquor.

She told Nampa immediately after members of the committee visited to the Katutura Old Age Home that alcohol makes one weak and debilitate the memory.

“Respect yourself for young people to respect you,” she urged.

The home caters for 22 pensioners.

Briefing the Parliamentarians, the home’s caretaker Martha Rukoro confirmed that the senior citizens there abuse alcohol, and after drinking they come back home and swear at her.

Rukoro said she does their laundry, clean the home, cook for them and take them to see the doctor when the need arises.

“I am ready to do my job by taking care of my senior citizens, but they have to refrain from alcohol intake,” she said.

Rukoro added that the elderly sometime complain of not having toilet paper, but they use their pension money on alcohol instead of buying groceries.

One of the senior citizens complained about limitations in the home.

“Our lives are being controlled and limited. Even emergencies are limited and we can see the doctor every day,” said the man who asked not to be named.

Another pensioner complained that she had to start eating fish, which she never did, because there are no special foods for her.

Another asked Parliamentarians for televisions in their rooms.

On her part, Tjongarero promised to table their concerns in the National Assembly.

During the meeting, the Parliamentarians donated among others household cleaning materials, toiletries and nappies amounting to close to N.dollars 10 000.

SOURCE: NAMPA