MPs concerned about senior citizens abusing alcohol

08 Apr 2014 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 APR (NAMPA) – 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.