Thank you, Dr. Ekbal. Very well-deserved award, and a huge support for us.
Kerala’s Health Minister, Shri V.S.Sivakumar, Education Minister Shri P. K. Abdu Rabb, N.H.M District Project Manager Dr Unnikrishnan and many others were present at the occasion. Shri Nooruddin read out the pledge to everyone present.
35 auto drivers from Medical College area were also part of the event under the leadership of Mr Manmathan and Mr Manikantan. These remarkable human beings had taken an oath that they will help any helpless or sick person that they come across by the roadside and that they will never ignore those who need their assistance, even though this might mean digging into their own pockets to help others.
Pallium India is fortunate to have been a part of this event. We hope that the message will reach every corner of Kerala and people will rise to provide a helping hand to those in need.
A multi-centric study initiated by the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences –including Lucknow as a centre — revealed that seven out of 10 doctors dealing with terminally ill patients were not aware of hospice and palliative care. And so, they were not referring their patients for end-of-life care options. However, in western countries, as soon as a person is diagnosed with a life-limiting disease, the patient is attached with a hospice.
(Read the complete article: End-of-life care facility in UP soon, but no policy yet )
The fact that 70% of doctors are not aware of this in North India does not come as a surprise to us. This is the big task before us; to improve awareness. The question remains: what is the perception of the other 3 out of every 10, who are aware of palliative care? How close is their understanding to the reality? Much too often, there are major misconceptions.
On October 11, all these artistes and many others performed in support of palliative care at ‘Sangeetha Sandhya’, a musical event organized by Pallium India to commemorate World Palliative Care Day.
M. Jayachandran has always supported palliative care and this is the third time he has organized such events on World Palliative Care Day. All the musicians who participated in the event volunteered their services pro bono and played to a packed hall.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness among people so that pain relief and palliative care will reach each one of the needy in our country.The media partner for Sangeetha Sandhya was Mathrubhumi. Mathrubhumi News channel ran streamers on the event and media in general carried the story prominently.
M. Jayachandran, the 14 musicians who volunteered their time, the media that supported it – all show how warmly Kerala embraces palliative care. They give the answer to the question in this year’s theme of the world palliative care day – Who cares? They proclaim, “WE DO”.
In the article in Mathrubhumi, he apologises to the many people in Kerala who still die in pain, despite twenty years of palliative care activity and despite a state palliative care policy. He urges everyone to give voice to the voiceless.
Later on in the morning, the Trivandrum Press Club, under the leadership of its President, Mr. P. P. James, organized a Meet The Press program where Dr Rajagopal got the opportunity to interact with an audience of about 40 (including journalists and journalism students). The fifteen minutes that were set aside for follow-up turned into one full hour of discussion. The enthusiasm in the group was palpable. While concluding the session, Mr James asked the group whether anyone was willing to undergo a 2-day volunteers training program offered by Pallium India. About twenty hands shot up. What a gratifying day! We believe journalists are some of the most important people for purpose of advocacy, which is perhaps the greatest need in the next few years.
Please visit the following links to see some of the coverage given to palliative care on visual and print media:
Kerala Kaumudi: വേദന ചികിത്സയുടെ ബാലപാഠങ്ങൾ
The New Indian Express: Call to Give Due Importance to Palliative Care
Deccan Chronicle: Only one per cent of needy get palliative care
Mathrubhumi News TV: Interview with Dr Rajagopal