Sharjah City Municipality organized yesterday a number of activities for its staff and participants from the Sharjah elderly care home, marking the international day of older persons 2017 which falls on the 1st of October.
The activities included cultural competitions, majlis, and dialogue sessions moderated by the popular artist Abdulla Bu Abed, and attended by Sharjah City Municipality's Director General H.E. Thabit Al Turaifi and a number of the municipality officials.
Also was present at these activities which were held at the municipality's headquarter sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Thani Chairman of the Department of Statistics and Community Development and H.E Mohammed Bin Humaid Al Qassimi, director of the department.
"Our participation in marking the international day of order persons stems from our social responsibility towards all community members, especially the elderly people who deserve all kind of appreciation and care from all individuals, establishments and institutions, as they represent the cornerstone of any society," said Thabit Al Turaifi.
He pointed out that the municipality has launched recently several initiatives and services targeting the elderly, in response to the wise directives of HH Doctor Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and pursuant to the Administrative Resolution No 2/2017 on preparing the emirate of Sharjah to join the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
These activities also comes as part of the municipality's efforts to support the older persons, meet their needs, facilitate its services and enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in the community, he added. The municipality for example has launched the "Taqdeer" service which enable older people to fast track their transactions at the municipality's health clinic.
Other services and amenities provided to the elderly at the municipality's premises included wheelchairs, golf carts to transport them from the parking lots directly to service counters. The municipality provides sewage suction services to the elderly people's homes free of charge, in addition to giving them 60 agricultural seedlings instead of 30 as normally given to citizens.