Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has instructed authorities and localities to continue implementing the Law on the Elderly and other relevant policies in order to provide better care to the aged.

The official made the request while chairing a conference held by the National Committee on Aging in Hanoi on March 1, during which he underlined the need to raise public awareness of the work.

Regarding the National Plan of Action on Older Persons during the 2012-2020 period, Deputy PM Dam assigned the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to exert more efforts in building and adjusting policies on the elderly.

The Ministry of Health was asked to increase health check-ups and treatment for older citizens through a range of projects.

The Deputy Prime Minister also highlighted the coordination between relevant ministries, agencies and localities in promoting the role of the elderly.

According to the committee, many policies have helped raise old people’s living standards and heightened awareness of Party Committees and authorities at all levels of the work.

All people aged 80 and above, and those belonging poor households, ethnic groups and disadvantaged regions nationwide receive monthly social allowances and free health insurance cards, it said.

The Vietnam Association of the Elderly has also partnered with the health ministry to provide health check-ups and treatment to more than 1.5 million old people with eye-related diseases.

Participants at the event also pointed out several bottlenecks hindering the caring of the elderly, especially those in remote, far-flung, border and island areas.-VNA