West Java pays special attention to the issue of single seniors
As the head of the poverty alleviation coordination team in West Java, I have heard of this before
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The provincial government of West Java is paying special attention to the social issue of single elderly people, or those who live alone without a caregiver, as the province has the highest population of this demographic group compared to other regions. Indonesian.
“I, as the head of the West Java Poverty Alleviation Coordination Team, am already aware of this,” the West Java Deputy Governor said on Sunday. Uu Ruzhanul Ulum, during the National Day of Older Persons 2022 event in Tasikmalaya, West Java.
He told ANTARA that the problem of single elderly people is linked to the low level of education of local residents.
“The Human Development Index (HPI) in Tasikmalaya is below average. Not only material aid, but education aid should also be strengthened as there is a link between poverty and education” , he explained.
He encouraged private companies to provide social assistance to improve the level of education in Tasikmalaya.
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According to Ulum, mutual aid with all elements of society is very helpful in coping with the limitation of the regional budget in West Java.
“There is a limit to the regional budget. Businessmen also provide CSR (corporate social responsibility) assistance through community programs to spread goodwill to the public,” he said. note.
During her speech on National Day of Older Persons 2022 in Tasikmalaya, Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini said that Tasikmalaya has the highest single elderly population in Indonesia.
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According to the report of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the number of single elderly people in Tasikmalaya reaches 28,000 spread over 39 sub-districts. In general, they are abandoned by their families.
It is for this reason that she chose Tasikmalaya as the place to commemorate the National Day of Older Persons.
The ministry has run various programs to help lonely seniors, including organizing a free cataract surgery program.
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