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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gvt adressing Geriatric Needs in INDIA from 2012.

India Addresses Concerns of Demographic Ageing

"The Times of India reported this week that the country’s Health Ministry is set to roll out a National Programme for the Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE) beginning in 2012. Joint Chief of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, B. K. Prasad explains the program is designed to be preventative, curative, and rehabilitative for the elderly.

Under the program, district hospitals will create 10-bed geriatric wards, while eight regional centers are set to be equipped with 30-bed geriatric centers. In addition, healthcare workers in sub-centers will be trained to make home visits, placing significant focus on bedridden seniors. The healthcare staff will also train families to manage the health of their loved ones and facilitate in the delivery of supportive devices".

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