History made as twins celebrate 100th anniversary

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Mauritian women – Ritta Marie Noélie and Rose Marie Noëlla – on Wednesday celebrated 100th birthday at a municipal hall, in Rose-Hill, 20 km south the capital, Port Louis.

They are the first twins in Mauritius to celebrate 100th birthday.

At a ceremony organised in honour by the Integration, Security and Solidarity, the Minister, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, said centenarians are the repositories values and traditions.

“They play an instrumental role as guides for the new generation with their rich experiences”, she emphasised.

The minister recalled the measures put in place by the to ensure the , safety and welfare of senior aged 60 and above, adding that “the should be able to adapt to the needs of old .”

According to Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo, these include access to financial resources and medical care, availability of daily living aids, access to leisure activities, the right to protection and security and strengthening the unit to prevent isolation of the elderly.

Official statistics from the Security in Port Louis show that Mauritius accounts for a total of 162 aged 100 years and above. They benefit from a monthly pension worth Rs 21,710 from the .