Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older People in Nigeria (COSROPIN) on Friday called on the Governments at all levels to prioritise the healthcare of the elderly to reduce their vulnerability to COVID-19 infection.
Sen. Eze Ajoku, President of the coalition, made the call in an interview with the Newsmen where he expressed concerns over the impact of the second phase of COVID-19 on older people.
Ajoku, reacting to recent COVID-19 linked deaths of older persons such as Prof. Oye Ibidabo-Obe and others, said that there was a need for urgent action to mitigate the strain of the second phase of the pandemic on older people and he reiterated the need for preventive interventions.
Ajoku said that concerted action was needed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 across all aspects of long-term care, including home and community-based care.
He, however, admonished older people to always comply with the health protocols of hand washing, the use of facemasks and physical distancing.
He, however, called for adequate supply of food and healthcare facilities, especially in the rural areas, to foster old peoples’ health in the second phase of COVID-19.
He said that older people with co-morbidities and frailty with high susceptibility to COVID-19 should be accorded priority in the containment through information and provision of healthcare facilities.