August 30, 2010

INDIA: Old Age Home In North East India celebrates foundation day

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DIMAPUR,  Nagaland / The Eastern Mirror / August 30, 2010

Our Correspondent - EMN

KOHIMA, Nagaland - The first and only Old Age Home in Kohima, providing home to 21 elders from different parts of the State without any financial assistance from the Government, today celebrated its fifth foundation day at the Home on Indira Gandhi Stadium road, Kohima. Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare and Women Development, Chotisuh Sazo, was the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Sazo said the need for Old Age Home was felt and accordingly been set up in many parts of the world since many years back, while the need has been felt even in Nagaland.

Nevertheless, he remarked that the realization of such need has not been possible for many people.

The importance of establishing old age home in Nagaland cannot be overstated, he said. Many people arguing against the need of having old age home felt that it would be unnecessary because their families can take care of aged members. He, however, said that the need and the merit in having one has been established through the home.

He was appreciative of the Good Samaritans Women Society saying that, “this old age home has made many people aware that the elderly folks of our society have been given the privilege to live the last days of their lives in grace and with dignity.” Without any doubt, he also maintained that the lives of aged people have been dramatically transformed from pitiable to admirable state.

Later, the Parliamentary Secretary also released the magazine of the Old Age Home entitled ‘Into the sunset with dignity!’

Chairing the function, Managing Director of the Home, Neithonuo T Liegise, highlighted on the activities of the Home saying that their vision is to provide and promote quality geriatric care with pleasant and secure environment as well as to support them to retire with dignity and encourage them to complete their life journey peacefully.

Kohima Old Age Home, established in 2005, was first located at D. Block till the State government provided the present land for them.

The function began with Pastor of Mission Revival Church, Basanguü Yashü pronouncing the invocation prayer. Joint Secretary of Good Samaritan Women Society, Ayien Theünuo, delivered the welcome address while Secretary, Shuya, tendered the vote of thanks.