International Day of Older People observed across state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/1/2019 12:21:14 PM IST

International Day for Older People (IDOP) was observed across Nagaland by organising various activities and honouring the elders under the theme, “The journey to age equality” on October 1.

Suruhuto: Zunheboto district unit observed the day at Suruhuto with advisor Tourism and Art & Culture, H.Khehovi as the special guest.

Speaking at the function to observe the day, Khehovi said that youngsters today should learn to pay attention to what elders say as the experiences of the elderly were not found in any books. He lamented that youngsters today ignore and insult the elders by suppressing them instead of seeking their blessings and wisdom from them. At the function, the special guest presented awards to Sahovi Yeptho of Sukhalu Village (94 years), Haqheli Jimo of Lizu Naghuto Village (89 years) and Khatovi Sumi of Surumi Village (82 years). He also presented torch lights to around 400 Senior citizens who attended the programme. DC Zunheboto, Peter Lichamo graced the function as the guest of honour. The function was chaired by Akuto Chishi, president Zunheboto District Elders’ Forum and short speeches were delivered by Hekhushe Shikhu, president Sumi Hoho, Atula Kikon, DWO Zunheboto and resource person Easter H.Yepthomi, Retainer Lawyer. Dr.Hutton Achumi, pastor SBCZ prayed for the older persons. The programme was organized in collaboration with Social Welfare Department and the Legal Services Authority Zunheboto.

Mon: In Mon, the programme was held at council hall, Mon. DC Mon, Thavaseelan K, emphasized on the need to understand the problems of the elderly people and their needs and to devise plans to solve the issues in the long run. He also felicitated the elders during the occasion. District welfare officer, Z. Murie said the welcome address. Significance of International Day for the Older Persons was delivered by senior supervisor Phomching, Moba.

Tuensang: In Tuensang, the programme was held at CKS hall organised by department of Social Welfare in collaboration with United tribes of Elderly Leaders Union (UTELU). 

DC Tuensang Mohammad Ali Shihab, who graced the occasion as special invitee emphasised on the importance of elderly people in the society, who with their wisdom and experiences can guide and be a good role model for the younger generations. Further, he impressed upon giving the right place and dignity to the aged people in the society. Earlier, the invocation was said by pastor, Yungkuk Baptist Church Tuensang. 

Welcome address was delivered by L. Tinu Sangtam, District Welfare Officer where he elaborated about the activities of the department and the facilities and provisions for the old aged people under the department. A short speech was delivered by N. Khoni, Head GB, Tuensang Hq and a special prayer for elderly persons by pastor, Phom Baptist church, Tuensang. 

On the occasion, Ramji Chang (108 years) from Yempang village and Keshe Khiamniungan, (94 years) from Pathso village received the oldest man and woman award. LED solar powered torch lights were as distributed to all old aged participants. 


Kiphire: The day was observed at EAC conference hall Sitimi, Kiphire on the theme “Journey to Age Equality”. The programme was organized by the department of Social Welfare Kiphire with EAC Seyochung, N.Nyamok Konyak as the guest of honour.  Keynote address was delivered by DWO Kiphire, Z.Tsangkhuchu Sangtam.

He acknowledged the presence of two oldest persons from the village and highlighted the various activities and scheme of the department. CDPO Sitimi, M.Yangsemong delivered vote of thanks while pastor, Sangtam Baptist Church, Hotingse Sangtam pronounce benediction. 


Dimapur: Dimapur district Social Welfare office organised a function at Jubilee Hall, Ao Baptist Church Diphupar, Dimapur. DC Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol graced the programme as special guest. DC urged all, specially the younger generation, to render their service for the senior citizens in every possible way and to pledge themselves to help older persons gracefully. DC also gave away the senior citizen award of Dimapur district to Rev. Dr. Noksangchila and Khevihe Chopi. Other highlights of the programme included short speeches by awardees, invocation by pastor ABCD, Lipok Jamir.

Peren: Social Welfare, Peren observed the programme at women welfare organization’s conference hall, Jalukie town. ADC Jalukie, Dr. Tinujongshi Chang spoke on the theme. He requested the Social Welfare, Peren to disseminate information about the schemes and legal provisions which were made available for the benefits of senior citizens. District seniormost citizens were felicitated, namely, head GB Jalukie town, Kiasinlak and Heingauchule. Gifts were presented to the senior citizens present in the programme in recognition of their contributions for the good of the society. The programme was chaired by CDPO Ahthibung, Mangliyangba Lkr, while vote of thanks was proposed by CDPO Jalukie, Namhuheing.

Meluri village: Meluri Village Women Society (MVWS) organised a programme, wherein chairperson MVWS, Zhitho Poji congratulated elders for having being blessed with long life and thanked the octogenarians for having lived an exemplary life and being a blessing to the younger generations of Meluri community. Nyuletho Nyuthe, retired teacher and octogenarian chaired the function where he also said that there are 132 older persons who have crossed 75 years of age including 47 women and 35 men who have crossed 80 years of age in Meluri village. Folk tune by both men and women was presented by the octogenarians. Altogether 87 elderly persons attended the function.

WSTH: On the occassio, Western Sümi Totimi Hoho (WSTH) visited S. Hotoli Zhimomi of Sukhato village and Toheli N Zhimomi of Pukhato village under Niuland sub-division, Dimapur on October 1. A press release from WSTH stated that, the team was led by president G. Jolly Zhimomi and vice president, Anali Sema. Hotoli Zhimomi, wife of late Sukhato Zhimomi is a 97 year old women and current head GB of Sukhato village. She took over the role of head of the village in 1977 after the demise of her husband. Toheli N Zhimomi, wife of late Nighoto Zhimomi is 76 year old and recently took over her husband’s responsibilities as assistant GB on January 11.

Meriema village: National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE) under the Department of Health & Family Welfare observed the day at Meriema village, chaired by the council chairman, Meriema village, Kelhoupralie Whuorie. Dr. Manyau Phom, dy. director (NHM), DHFW, Dr. S. Neiphrezo, junior specialist (NHAK) gave speeches. Programme concluded with screening of NCDs for elders where, 46 older persons were screened for blood pressure and blood sugar and free medicines were provided. 

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