Relax some restrictions to help the elderly

IT was not much of a surprise when Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a further extension of the movement control order (MCO), this time until May 12. The writing was already on the wall with constant indicators that we were in for the long haul with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although trials have started on human volunteers in the United Kingdom, we are still some time away from any vaccines being proven effective and made available to the global community. We have to devise a strategic exit plan incorporating the socio-economic needs of the people and basic human rights (need to move freely) with long term health as the complementing factor. The older generation has always emphasised the importance of getting enough sun to boost the natural immunity of a person. Hence, it is humbly opined that we should be allowed outside to get enough sun during the MCO period.

Moderate exercise daily is also recommended for better quality of life. Exercising while practising social distancing can be worked out. We have to be bold and trust the majority of citizens to comply with the MCO. The law can deal with those who flout the rules.

We also need to take into consideration the welfare of the elderly who are living alone and do not have much help getting around for their basic needs. Independent elderly couples normally move in a symbiotic manner, complementing each other according to their physical abilities, including driving.

At present, people are not allowed to travel in groups of two or more, hence it is imperative to relax this rule for the elderly to give them more mobility in attending to their daily needs.



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