The Ministry of Health and Child Care today joined hands with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in launching the National Health Ageing Strategic Plan during commemorations to mark World Health Day for the elderly.

In an interview on the sidelines of the launch of the strategic plan, the Principal Director – Prevention Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Gibson Mhlanga said the government is committed to meeting the requirements of the elderly to improve their livelihoods.

“We are aware that the elderly face various challenges in accessing quality and universal health services and as a government, we are saying a multi-sectoral approach is needed in order to achieve the physical and social wellbeing of the older persons,” he said.

Healthy ageing emphasises the need for action across multiple sectors and enabling older people to remain a resource to their families, communities and economies.

WHO Acting Officer in Charge in Zimbabwe, Dr Prebo Barango also noted that older people are neglected in the society and there is need to monitor the development of non communicable diseases that commonly affect them.

“Health is a human right, no one should get sick and die just because they are poor, or because they cannot access the health services they need,” he said.

The elderly who graced the event expressed appreciation on the move taken by the government as they look forward to seeing the implementation of the strategy.

The commemorations were running under the theme: ‘Universal Health: Coverage Everyone, Everywhere.’