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Dr. Al Blushi: Bahrain to Continue Protecting the Rights of the Elderly.

Manama, April 6. (BNA) -- Human Rights and Social Development Minister Dr. Fatima bint Mohammed Al Blushi has asserted that the Kingdom will join the International Community in marking the annual anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on April 7th, 1948, adding that the topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and health with the theme "Good health adds life to years".

The focus this year is on how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities.

On the occasion, Dr. Al Blushi affirmed that the WHO Day 2012 is an opportunity to highlight the kingdom's pioneering experience in taking care of the elderly and its efforts to consolidate their capabilities and activate their expertise, which has established Bahrain as a regional example, adding that the country's ministries, state departments, private sector and NGOs have always been keen to provide ageing people with appropriate health, social, legal and rehabilitation services so as to ensure them decent living, in line with the wise leadership's directives.

She also pointed out that the Human Rights and Social Development Ministry had approved an ambitious plan to upgrade the services provided for the elderly and increase the number of the elderly care centres from nine in the present to 20 by 2015, in cooperation with civil society organisations, in line with the on-going community partnership between the ministry and those institutions.

Dr. Al Blushi also said that ageing is no longer an obstacle because the rights of the elderly, as well as their dignity, are protected, which, she asserted, reflects the genuine values of the Bahraini society.

She also pledged that the kingdom, represented by the Human Rights and Social Development Ministry, Williams continue improving the services offered to the elderly, safeguard their rights and consolidate their achievements.


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