Pune: In order to ensure that every terminally ill patient gets access to Palliative Care , it should be integrated with the National health Scheme opined Justice S R Bannurmath, Chairman, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission. He was speaking at the inauguration of the 23rd International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2016 being held from February 12 to 14, 2016, at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Pune. The Conference includes important topics that will assess and analyze the current Palliative Care system, training and education as well as technical aspects, paper presentations, case discuss from various countries, new initiatives and the way forward for Palliative Care. More than 700 delegates are attending the conference. Ex Chairman Thermax Anu Aga, GI Surgeon VN Shrikhande , Nagesh Simha –President Indian Association of Palliative Care , Dr.Priyadarshini Kulkarni, Organizing secretary , Sushma Bhatnagar Chairperson Organ, Maryann Mukaden President Elect IAPC were present at the inauguration .
SR Bannurmath said that every terminally ill patient has the right to get Palliative Care and denying it amounts to human rights violation . Currently such services are provided by a handful of charity organizations . Something needs to be done by non service providers including the judiciary and the human rights commission . Citing a media report he said that a the relatively small Palliative Care Budget of 4.8 cr proposed by State Government has been rejected by the Central Government . (http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/no-budget-for-2-yrs-palliative-care-programme-runs-dry/ ). Both should wake up to the need of the hour as every patient in need must get access to Palliative Care. Otherwise the current activities will be in adept to the huge task that we face . He also raised concern over the non availability of opioids and essential medicines globally due to red tapism
Well renowned G.I.Surgeon Dr VN Shrikhande said that medical students of today need to be aware that doctors need to possess more than medical knowledge . We are living in an age where technology has infiltrated our profession and we have forgotten human touch. With Scan Reports , Investigations , Remote Control Medicine the patients are taken for conducted tour of various departments .But human touch, just holding the hand of a patient , pleasant face and good conduct with the patients is like oxygen .
Anu Aga Ex chairman Thermax said that there needs to be an attitude change in the way we approach palliative care . Terminally ill patients are often looked upon as burden many a times from their relatives. Death is inevitable , but we should ensure there is dignity and respect in that. The last stage of ailing patients must not be of loneliness and isolation
Dr Nagesh Simha –President Indian Association of Palliative Care that with the NDPS act being amended all the States of India have been directed to offer palliative care services through the public health system. These are good measures. However the gap between availability and demand is still huge and enormous efforts are needed to bridge it. IAPC is working with the Government to identify the issues that need to be addressed to ensure universal availability of palliative care. We run training programmes all over India on essentials of palliative care. We have been involved with the drafting of the amendments to the NDPS Act and the rules. We have published guidelines on end of life care and have suggested standards to be implemented by the NABH.Our members are in the forefront of advocacy and education, thereby sensitizing all stakeholders.However It will take time for private hospitals to accept palliative care services. The public will demand it and then the situation will change.Palliative care makes economic sense as it will avoid unnecessary procedures and improve the quality of service.
He cautioned that the shortfall in the availability of opioids is huge and the Government must act now, else we will have a major crisis.We will also appeal to all healthcare professionals to follow all procedures and safeguards for the licit use of opioids
Dr.Priyadarshini Kulkarni,Organising secretary said that therefore the theme of IAPCON 2016 is “Engage, educate, empower and excel”. All of us who are involved or interested in palliative careought to engage with the community, patients and their families, policy makers, opinion leaders, volunteers and the medical fraternity. Some of the important and relevant topics that will be discussed and debated include National Palliative Policy, Intensive Care and Palliative Interface, EPalliative Care, Palliative care for non cancer diseases like chronic renal failure, COPD, Geriatricpalliative care, Palliative Care for Children and Public- Private partnership, research, palliative carenursing as a career, home care and rural palliative care etc
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