Today, the World celebrates the Day of older persons. The Minister of health and social development of Kazakhstan Tamara Duisenova congratulated Kazakhstan of old-age pensioners on this holiday.
"What could be more important than people who know so much about this life, have the wisdom, experience and kindness. Dear important people of the Earth, happy holidays! Always be gifted with care, respect, understanding not only their relatives but also other people. Let your soul live in harmony, and the nightingales sing. Let age be the reason for your favorite business, leisure and enjoyment of life. For your life you did so many that deserve respect, prosperity and well-being. I wish you the most important - health, joyful to the eyes, do not lose the soul and dreams, to share with the next generations of wisdom and experience. And let life be full of pleasant moments. Happiness to you", - said Tamara Duisenova.
The health Ministry of Kazakhstan pays great attention to social support of elderly people. In the current year taking into account the possibilities of local budgets for social support the senior citizens dedicated about 6.2 billion, about 1.2 billion are sent in the framework of the social responsibility of business.
One-time financial support received 186,6 thousand people in the amount of KZT 4.1 billion, 1.4 billion tenge was allocated for the provision of concessionary travel on public transport 950 thousand senior citizens. Preferential provision of medicines received 24.4 per thousand in the amount of 116.3 million tenge, 14.4 thousand citizens were provided sanatorium treatment worth KZT 1 billion, even 687,3 million tenge were allocated for repair of housing, provision of fuel, dentures and other types of assistance.
To provide social support to lonely elderly and disabled citizens in Kazakhstan, there are 343 branches of social assistance at home, which serve more than 35 thousand people. For persons unable to self-serve, there are 10 rehabilitation centres (separation day), which provide services to more than 3 thousand citizens, as well as act 49 of medico-social institutions for the elderly and disabled, home to more than 6.9 thousand citizens.
Recall that every year 1 October is the international day of older persons, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly 14 December 1990. The main goal of the festival is to attract public attention to the problems of the elderly. Today in the Republic there are more than 2 million senior citizens.