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70% of our population will become the elderly population of Fiji in 30 years - Vuniwaqa
By Anamika Singh
Sunday 11/03/2018
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa in Parliament

In about 3 decades, 70% of our population will become the elderly population of Fiji, therefore it is important to set proper standards right now to be ready to take care of the elderly when they reach that age.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa highlighted this in parliament when Fiji First MP Jilila Kumar asked about the strategic direction for service delivery for the elderly in Fiji.

Vuniwaqa says the 2017 Census data shows that right now about 9% of the national population is above 60 years of age, while 70% is below 40 years of age.

She says the Ministry prioritizes the maintenance, administration and setting of standards for the care of the elderly in the state homes.

She says the Ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with APTC for capacity building of caregivers within 3 Homes for the Elderly.

SODELPA MP Salote Radrodro then asked if the Ministry has plans to increase the number of homes for the elderly.

Vuniwaqa said the government will take that into account as the need arises and it is in the long-term strategic direction of the Ministry.

She says at present the Ministry has a budget for the maintenance of the state homes.

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