Sapling Planting program and Herbal plants distribution to cancer patients on occasion of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 

Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 11-10-2020 16:53:16

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Mnaipal : As part of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) activity, the Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal is organizing a Sapling Planting Program by patient relatives in the fond memories of their loved ones on 10th October, 2020 at Children’s Park, near End-Point Gate. Later, distributed Herbal plants to the cancer patient at Shirdi Sai Baba OPD Block. World hospice and Palliative care day marked on the second Saturday of each October, brings awareness to palliative care issues and aims to expand options worldwide.


Dr Sharath K Rao, Dean, KMC was the chief guest of the program and said, “in the world, 32.5 million people required palliative care, but unfortunately now only 10% of the people getting palliative care. We started in Kasturba hospital specially to the Cancer patients and now extend to other patients who suffering from chronic disease”.


Mr C G Muthana, Chief Operating Officer and Dr Avinash Shetty, Medical Superintendent of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal were the Guest of honour of the program. Dr Naveen S Salins, Professor and Head, Dr Seema Rao, consultant, Palliative Care Day and Dr Seema Rao, consultant from the department were present.


World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) is a unified day of action to celebrate and support palliative care around the world. The theme for this year is “My Care, My Comfort,” emphasizes the need for palliative care to be integrated into the mainstream healthcare systems of every country to relieve the pain and suffering of patients and their families. Palliative care ensures access to the best standard of care and highest level of comfort for the patient, ensures best support to the family members to provide care and comfort for their loved ones, and support the healthcare providers in providing care and comfort to patients/families. Palliative care is particularly relevant in this pandemic, with WHO reiterating that any approach that does not include palliative care is “medically deficient and ethically indefensible”.


Dr Seema Rao, consultant, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day gave overview and proposed vote of thanks. Relatives of the patients who taken palliative care at Kasturba Hospital shared their experience


 Medical Superintendent

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