Dimapur, February 23: Eden Medical Centre in association with Indian Medical Association, Dimapur branch organized a CME on palliative care awareness on Saturday. Pallium India in collaboration with Cancer Relief India (a UK registered charity) took part in the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Gilly Burn, Director of Care Responsive International & Founder-Director of Care Relief India, who was one of the resource persons, said that in India about 80% of the cancer patients only reach out for treatment when they have entered stage four and therefore palliative care becomes imminent for them the moment they walk inside the door.
“Palliative is a cloak, not cure,” she said explaining what it actually is to the attendants which included doctors and nurses besides others. She said that cancer treatment and palliative care go hand in hand.
Gilly, who herself was a nurse in UK and is living with cancer said that the nurses in India are great but the problem is that they don’t communicate with the patients and don’t know the names of those they are taking care of, adding, listening to the patients is very important.
She described how compassion, calling them by their names and not just the bed numbers and listening to those in pain can make much difference in their lives and there is always something that can be done before someone dies to ease their physical and emotional pain. She asked the nurses to greet the patients.
Dr Dinesh Chandra Goswami, Secretary of Guwahati Pain and Palliative Care Society said that most of the patients suffering from terminal diseases go through unnecessary pain and explained how the use of morphine properly and in adequate quantity can provide the patients relieve.
He also said that palliative care is a win-win for everyone involved as a trouble shared is trouble halved.
A palliative care consultation team is a multidisciplinary team that works with the patient, family, and the patient’s other doctors to provide medical, social, emotional, and practical support. The team is made of palliative care specialist doctors and nurses, and includes others such as social workers, nutritionists, and chaplains.
Palliative care can be provided in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient palliative care clinics and certain other specialized clinics, or at home.
It is estimated that less than 1% of the Indian population has access to pain relief and palliative care services as the concept is relatively new to India.
(Page News Service)