(TASS). Social institutions of Penza region received 32 modern vehicles and minibusses within the regional project “Older Generation” of the “Demography” national project. These vehicles will be used to transport elderly people living in distant villages to medical organizations for examinations, as informed the Head of the region Ivan Belozertsev at the vehicle-key handing ceremony.
"The President of Russia made a decision to allocate funds and purchase the transport to service the population over 65 years old. Today, the transport has arrived; a part of vehicles has already passed state registration. It is accomplished to improve the quality of life of the population, especially of the elderly generation in the need of help and transportation to the hospital for examination", he said.
Belozertsev added that 32 vehicles of such brands as "Gazelle Next", Lada Largus, Ford Tranzit, PAZ had been purchased to amount of around 43 million rubles. Most vehicles are equipped with electrical lifts – they can be utilized as social taxis for physically-challenged citizens.
According to the information obtained by TASS from the press service of the Ministry of Labor of Penza region, every regional medical organization would have two-three social service organizations in subordination which were to transport retired people to medical organizations from their places of residence and back. For this purpose, there will be created 32 mobile units created in the region by the end of the current year.