WITHOUT doubt, the country’s elderly, men and women, need “special attention” since they are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which kills 3.4 percent of all those infected.
And for people aged over 80 years, the fatality rate was placed at 21.9 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), an agency of the United Nations (UN).
Reports said that there’s overwhelming evidence senior citizens, 60 years old and above, are most at risk from the dreaded disease, notably alarming the poorest of the poor in far-flung communities.
Other vulnerable sectors include solo parents, indigent indigenous peoples, transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) and transport network company (TNC) drivers, and informal economy workers.
It is public knowledge that there’s lack of medical facilities and doctors and other health workers and in these impoverished areas, with many health professionals preferring to work in foreign lands.
Others seek employment in heavily-populated Metropolitan Manila, the country’s premier region, and other highly-urbanized areas, where workers get higher pay and a wide array of fringe benefits.
Thus, it is not surprising that neophyte Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go wants concerned government offices and agencies “na maglaan ng dagdag na suporta sa mga senior citizen.”
“Prayoridad dapat dito ang mga senior citizen na alam nating medyo mahina na at siyempre, nahihirapan na silang gumalaw at maghanap ng pagkain,” said Go, the new “darling of the elderly.”
Like other pro-elderly people, we cannot overemphasize the importance of advancing the interests and welfare of our senior citizens, particularly during these trying times.
Certainly, Go, a close associate of President Duterte, is on the right path in giving senior citizens the protection they need.