Ten old-homes and 55 day-care centres are working in the province to ensure facilities to elderly people, including workingwomen and their young children. Talking to APP here on Sunday, a senior official of the Punjab Social Welfare and Baitul Mal Department said the government was giving top priority to help and care to elderly people and working women. He said the department’s first old-age home was established in 1975 under the name of ‘Aafiat’ in Lahore.
He said the homes which had been established in Lahore, included Old Age Happy Homes at Azmat Chowk Green Town, The Senior Citizen Foundation of Pakistan at DHA, Darul Kafala (Old age home) at Bhatta Chowk and Aafiyat Old age home. Similarly, he said five more old-age homes were established in Multan, Rawalpindi, Narowal, Sahiwal and Toba Tak Singh.
‘These homes are providing quality services, including shelter, food, healthcare and recreational facilities, to old and infirm people of society,’ he said. All such Institutions have a capacity to accommodate total 300 old and infirm people (50 residents per institution) at a time, the official informed. He said the Punjab government was working day and night to provide modern facilities at old-homes.
To a question, he said a centre for rehabilitation for disable people had been set up at Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital Muzaffargarh while a similar center had also been established at Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Hospital Badian Road, Lahore. ‘The Punjab government will also set up such centers in other cities,’ he added.
Another official from the Punjab Daycare Fund Society (PDFS) told APP that Provincial Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheeduddin inagurated a daycare center las year at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here which had been set up so that working women could work easily at their work stations.
‘This is a phased programme and this programme has been carried out in different cities so that children of working women could be looked after,’ he added. To a question, he said the centre particulary had been established so that the management of all daycare centers could be monitored in an effective way.—APP