New Delhi, Dec 21: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said there was an urgent need to set up more Geriatric Departments in medical colleges across the country in view of the increasing population of the elderly.
Addressing the gathering after releasing the book, 'Health and Well Being in Late Life: Perspectives and Narratives from India' written by Dr Prasun Chatterjee, a specialist in Geriatric Medicine, AIIMS, he pointed out that ageing increases one’s susceptibility to many diseases and conditions. Mr Naidu also asked all stakeholders in the health sector to work for the well being of the elderly and stressed that good health was the right of all, irrespective of age.
He appreciated the government for implementing the National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE). Mr Naidu said that the government was proactively working on lifestyle modification, noncommunicable disease management, vision and hearing problem management, and accessible health care through Ayushman Bharat. Keeping the rise in demand for specialized care for elderly people, the Vice President wanted institutes like AIIMS to be at the forefront in promoting healthy ageing. (UNI)