JIS News

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be launching a toll free number next month, which will enable senior citizens in distress to reach the Jamaica Council for Senior Citizens, directly.
This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry, Andrew Gallimore at a recent sports day for seniors, at the G.C Foster College for Sports in St. Catherine.
Minister Gallimore told JIS News that the toll free number would prove quite helpful not only to seniors but to the wider community as well.
“There may be people in different communities who see a senior that is in distress and will be able to highlight that person so we can have the appropriate agencies of the state go out and examine their condition and see what assistance, if any, they do get from the government,” he said. The toll free number is: 1-888-SENIORS.
The Minister stated that seniors play an important role in the life and development of the country and it was only just that every effort is made to enrich their lives.
“Everything that we have in this country to enjoy they’ve given us and we have a duty to protect them and take care of them and try to enhance the quality of their lives” he said.
Minister Gallimore praised the work of the staff of the Council for Senior Citizens, and the Ministry’s field staff who he says performs a critical role in the operation of services for seniors. He added that through the operation of the toll free service number, it was hoped to further reach seniors in every corner of the island.
Mr. Gallimore also reiterated the Government’s intention to strengthen and improve the data base for seniors by integrating that information with the voters list, so as to be alerted when persons reach the age of senior citizenship.
Parish managers, he said were very active in the field and they would be working to ensure that seniors get the attention they deserve.