Collector K. Nanthakumar on Monday released a book on ‘The Saga of Age Care in India’ on the occasion of Helpage India’s celebration of 35 years of age care in the country.

Mr.Nanthakumar, who enquired about the activities of the district unit of Helpage India, assured the gathering to establish a geriatric ward at the Government Headquarters Hospital here, the long-pending demand of Helpage India and District-level Federation of Senior Citizens. S. Jesuraj, president of the Federation, received the first copy the book.  

The Ramanathapuram unit of Helpage India had provided health care facilities to 78,000 elders in the district after it launched the Mobile Medicare Unit (MMU) in 2008, said D. Yesunesan, senior executive, MMU, Helpage India. 

He said the MMU was a flagship project implemented by Helpage India to meet the health needs of the poor and needy elderly, and enhanced their health status. The unit visited 14 villages every week and fulfilled the basic health needs of about 1,400 elders in a month, he noted.

The district unit organised eye camps every month and after identifying the elderly with cataract problems, offered free cataract surgeries to them.

It also organised health awareness programmes and counselling sessions for the elders in rural areas with the help of a medical officer and para-medical staff, he said.