Covid-19: “Elderly deaths should not be justified because of age” – pensioners

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Pensioners Association President Louis Cilia said that when an elderly person dies of COVID-19, other seniors are hurt because they feel it creates discrimination and undermines the importance of the pandemic on the elderly. 

This was said during an interview on 103FM Malta’s Heart with Jes Saliba, on the occasion of the International Day of the Elderly.

Cilia said the coronavirus is a virus that no one has encountered before. He added that there is no need for a pandemic, because even with just the flu, the first victims are usually the elderly. He added that older people often have other conditions that further complicate their health situation, but they get hurt when the death of an elderly person is announced and the reason given is that they had further health conditions.

Cilia explained that with these words, one seems to be saying that sooner or later these people would die anyway. During the interview, Louis Cilia said that one would not be impressed because an elderly person died and this is not the same for when a young person dies. He added that with this behaviour, the elderly feel unimportant.

PL Veterans call for seniors to do their part

Labour Party veterans in a statement said seniors should do their part to safeguard their health.

On this occasion, the President of the Labour Party Veterans Association, Dr Anthony DeGiovanni, said that the risks of older people increase when a pandemic such as COVID-19 breaks out. He added that timely administrative interventions and initiatives should boost awareness of the particular needs of older people.

He thanked the participation of all workers of all grades and professions working in all sectors of social and health care which are essential for the elderly to have the best standard of living.

The elderly are the builders of modern Malta – GWU

The GWU Pensioners Association, in a statement, said that the elderly are the builders of modern Malta and have worked for various conditions that the people still enjoy the effects of to this day. These conditions include a 40-hour workweek, overtime pay and sick pay, among others.

It wished the best to all the pensioners and promised that it will continue to work for the good of the Maltese and Gozitan elderly.