June 29, 2017

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International Day of Older Persons observed

Union Minister Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin presents gifts to older persons at a cermeony to mark International Day of Older Persons. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin presents gifts to older persons at a cermeony to mark International Day of Older Persons. Photo: MNA

The government takes measures every year to provide senior citizens with social welfare pensions as part of its national strategy for social protection, said Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin, Myanmar’s Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
She made the remarks while speaking at a ceremony to mark the International Day of Older Persons at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Myanmar has 71 homes for senior citizens, to which the government has allocated K1.3 billion (US$1,004,597) in funding.
A message from the UN Secretary General was read out at the event by Myanmar’s UN resident and humanitarian coordinator.
Myanmar’s oldest man, U Aik Kham, 118, of Tachilek, and 123-year-old Daw Mya Kyi of Amarapura were presented with cash rewards by the union minister at the ceremony.
No attempts have been made for Daw Mya Kyi’s age to be verified by the Guiness Book of World Records, but she may in fact be the oldest person in the world.—MNA

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