Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister K. K. Shailaja informed that anganwadi workers expressed satisfaction over the health condition of 89 percent of the elderly people in Kerala. The anganwadi workers in the state collected the health status of 30 lakh elderly people so far.
The survey was conducted under the social justice department in association with senior citizen cell and Women and Child Development department in association with ICDS officials and anganwadi workers.
“The collected details are handed over to the social justice department and local governing bodies. Necessary assistance for the survey is being given,” said the Health Minister. Details regarding the health of the elderly were collected in a district wise survey.
It is for the first time, ICDS officials carried out such a comprehensive digital survey through smartphones. The survey findings revealed that 89 percent of the elderly people in the state are in good health condition.
“11 percent of the aged people are suffering from severe health problems. Details of these people will be handed over to the concerned authority and action will be taken to ensure proper medical care for them,” said the Health Minister.
60 percent of the elderly are taking medicine regularly for various diseases. Among them, 10.20 percent are consuming medicine for cardiac problems, liver related diseases and cancer.
The survey also found that 20 percent of the aged people do not have stock of their medicine. Action was taken to supply medicines to these people.
5.44 percent of senior citizens needed community kitchen services. Details of these people were given to the local authorities.
Counseling was referred for 3 percent people as per the findings of the survey. Among the total number of elderly people in the state, only 33 percent are engaged in regular exercise.
The minister revealed that among the elderly people, around 62 percent are benefited from government welfare programmes.