7.4 bn tenge sent in 2016 to support older people and those with disabilities – MHSD of Kazakhstan
A. Umerbaev noted that one of the main tasks of social policy is to ensure a decent old age for each citizen.
“In the current year, taking into account the capacity of local budgets for social assistance to senior citizens about 6.2 billion tenge was lloacted, and about 1.2 billion was sent in the framework of social responsibility of business,” A. Umerbayev announced.
According to him, a one-time financial assistance received 186.6 thousand people in the amount of 4.1 billion tenge, 1.4 billion tenge allocated to provide concessional public transport of 950 thousand senior citizens. Preferential drug coverage received 24.4 thousand people in the amount of 116.3 million tenge, 14.4 thousand citizens were granted a spa treatment in the amount of 1 billion tenge, 687.3 million tenge has focused on housing repairs, fuel, dentures and other types of assistance.
“343 departments of social assistance at home operate for social support of single elderly and disabled citizens in Kazakhstan and serve more than 35 thousand people. 10 rehabilitation centers (Department of day care) operate in the country for those who are unable to serve themselves and it provide services to more than 3 thousand citizens; 49 medical and social institutions operate for the elderly and disabled, which is home to more than 6.9 thousand citizens, ” A. Umerbayev informed.
It should be reminded that the International Day of Older Persons, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on 14 December 1990, is celebrated annually in Kazakhstan on October 1. The main aim of the festival is to draw public’s attention to the problems of the elderly. To date, more than 2 million senior citizens live in the country.
Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan