Prime Minister receives Vietnam Association of the Elderly

Saturday, 2017-09-30 11:38:15
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc with the delegates.
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NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception in Hanoi on September 29 for outstanding members of the Vietnam Association of the Elderly on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the International Day for the Elderly (October 1st) and the Action Month for the Vietnamese elderly in 2017.

Speaking at the meeting, PM Phuc on behalf of the Party and State leaders extended his best wishes to the delegates and the Vietnamese elderly across the country.

The Government leader praised the important contributions which have been made by the Vietnam Association of the Elderly throughout every period of the country’s history, especially during the nation’s socio-economic development and the protection of its sovereignty.

He also instructed authorities and society in general to take responsibility for providing good care to the aged, while encouraging the development of sustainable programs.

Greater efforts should be made to develop healthcare establishments for the elderly at grassroots level while issuing policies to uphold their role in society, he noted.

Vietnam recorded 10.1 million elderly individuals in 2016, accounting for 11 percent of the country’s total population, of whom over 2 million were over 80 years old.

According to the Health Ministry’s General Office for Population – Family Planning, up to 65.7 percent of elderly Vietnamese live in rural areas and rely on farming. As one of the countries with the fastest-growing aging rate, Vietnam records an average life expectancy of 73 years but the average life span is only 64 years.