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JAMAICA | Opposition spokesman on Social Security wants greater national support for senior citizens

Opposition Spokesman on Labour and Social Security, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris Opposition Spokesman on Labour and Social Security, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris
KINGSTON, Jamaica, September 30, 2020 - Opposition Spokesman on Labour and Social Security, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris is calling for greater national support for senior citizens amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Senator Morris: “We are living in a time where senior citizens are experiencing profound difficulties due to the pandemic. Our senior citizens are living in fear and we need to establish a national response to give them some reassurance and support.”

Our senior citizens have toiled and labored for our country and need to get the greatest of support from a grateful nation. In this context, Senator Morris is calling for: “The Government to have social workers, community health aids and other such professionals, make regular visits to senior citizens, to dialogue with them about the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that they are accessing the necessary services to facilitate their well-being.”

“We need to have family members going to the supermarket, post office, banks, pharmacies, hospital and accessing other such important services for their older family members during this time” said Senator Morris.

The COVID pandemic has shown that our senior citizens are at greatest risk and we need to pull out all the stops to protect and support them.

Senator Morris also stated that those who are giving support to senior citizens during this pandemic need to be honest with these vulnerable citizens. “We cannot and should not tolerate individuals exploiting and stealing the limited resources that these older persons have.”

The Senator is also expressing solidarity with the senior citizens amidst the celebration of National Senior Citizens Week that is being observed from September 27-October 3 under the theme ‘Advancing the health and wellness of older persons amidst COVID-19 pandemic’.

 “Senior citizens have toiled and labored for our country and we must take every moment to celebrate their existence and contribution to the society. It is even more needed during this time of crisis.” Sen Morris said.

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