As part of the collaborative efforts by Pallium India and Ganga Prem Hospice
to improve palliative care awareness and access, the first palliative care centre in Uttarakhand was opened in the District Hospital of Uttarkashi on 14th April, 2018. The OPD was inaugurated by Gangotri MLA Gopal Singh Rawat and District Magistrate Ashish Chauahan. Gopal Singh Rawat said that patients suffering from serious diseases and near end of life will be looked after in the new palliative care centre. He emphasized the importance of providing special attention and treatment to patients suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses so they do not feel abandoned or ignored.
Two male and female nurses have already been employed in this centre. Efforts are on to engage two more nurses for efficient functioning. A doctor too will be brought in to administer morphine, etc. The aim of the centre is to ensure that patients in their end of life are cared for with love, patience and attention.
This is a very promising development in Uttarakhand, and we hope this will pave the way for further progress in the field of palliative care delivery.
A Cancer Camp was held on April 12, 2018, organized by Pallium India and Ganga Prem Hospice.
News report in Hindi on the event:
Source: Pallium Kulasekharam