Now govt cuts back on caregiver service

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The government is cutting back on another social welfare programme.

The care-giving social support service to the elderly and infirmed is being rolled back because of curbs on its budget.

The provision is titled Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme.

The service is to be continued on a smaller scale, which means that several current beneficiaries are to be denied the facility.

The service is currently provided to thousands of poor elderly or ailing people.

Caregivers spend several hours a day at the homes of the beneficiaries and assist in personal, medical and hygienic matters.

They help in dispensing medication and keep a daily record of important health statistics.

The cutback on this facility follows the sharp reduction in the provision of food cards, termination of the baby grant and other programmes geared to assisting the most vulnerable in the society.

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