Jammu and Kashmir has got its first centre for palliative care programme and treatment of cancer patients.
The centre which will bolster patient care, was inaugurated by Atul Dulloo, Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education, at district hospital at Gandhi Nagar in Jammu recently.
“It is the first centre to provide palliative care services to patients with cancer. The centre will be treating patients suffering from cancer and terminally ill on daily basis”, Head of Centre and Pain treatment specialist Rohit Lahori was quoted as saying by PTI.
The centre has an attached 10-bedded ward with state of the art facilitates and trained staff from the government hospital Gandhi Nagar, Jammu will be deployed there, Lahori said.
It has been set up under the national palliative care programme by AIIMS, New Delhi in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN), Singapore, he added.
“The power of healing does not lie in just prescribing drugs and medical treatment. What it essentially requires is caring for the patients,” Lahori said.
“Palliative care is a specialised area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients,” he added.
Palliative care includes pain and symptom management, disease-modifying treatments, psychological, social, spiritual support and bereavement support.