India’s President Endorses Palliative Care
- UPDATED with full quote and link to English translation of speech (via HRW)
Cancer patients require proper care. To lessen their unbearable pain, palliative centres should be established. Along with it, training programmes should be conducted for doctors and nurses. Their skills should be developed in such a way, that proper attention can be given to cancer patients, as they require considerable support and care. I hope the doctors, paramedical personnel and management of this hospital will fulfill their responsibilities with full commitment and dedication.
Unfortunately, late past presidents of India did not have access to palliative care and have indeed died in greater suffering than their fellow-Indians.
They were imprisoned in the confines of intensive care units, sometimes for weeks together, in addition to the endotracheal tube and ventilator, they had to go through the rigors of hemodialysis for several days and in one case, even a membrane oxygenator and cardiopulmonary bypass for two days before they were allowed to go.
What an undignified way to live the last days of one’s life and to die!