The government has approved a special programme for providing proper healthcare facilities for the elderly. "Government of India has approved the National Programme for Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) to improve health services for the elderly," Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. The plan includes setting up eight geriatric care centers across the country. Geriatric units will also be opened at 100 district hospitals in 21 states, and units will also be created at community and primary health centres. Development of manpower for this is among the highlights of the plan.