Cancer patients from J&K need not travel the first centre for palliative care is inaugurated

NewsBharati    13-Mar-2019

Jammu, March 13: Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday got its first centre for palliative care programme and treatment of cancer patients. The centre was inaugurated by Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education Atul Dulloo at district hospital at Gandhi Nagar in Jammu city.


"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.

What is Palliative care?

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness.

"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 told reporters here.

Apart from cancer, it deals with diseases like HIV/AIDS, dementia, strokes and end stage renal diseases among others, he said.

We have so far admitted six patients suffering from end stage cancer diseases under the palliative care programme and provided OPD services to 15 Patients, he said.

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 health ministry and the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN), Singapore, he added.