Joseph Pulikkunnel, a palliative care pioneer in Kerala, sadly died on 28 December 2017.
In 1982, Mr Pulikkunnel started what could be called a fore-runner of a palliative care service. He felt the need and started looking after people with incurable diseases, particularly people with poorly controlled diabetes and incurable cancer. In the 1990s he got professionals trained and developed it as a modern palliative care service. We pay obeisance to the departed soul.
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The Union Cabinet of India has approved the draft National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which seeks to replace the existing medical education regulator Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body to ensure transparency. Currently, the MCI is the statutory body for establishing uniform standards of medical education in India, but, with introduction of this draft bill, MCI will be replaced with a new Commission. The bill provides for the constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and accreditation of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under the NMC. The draft bill proposes a common entrance exam and licentiate exam which all medical graduates will have to clear to get practicing licences, an official said.
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Mathukutty J. Kunnappally, author and former editor of Sahayatra
, sadly died on 26th December 2017. Mathukutty J. Kunnappally had helped Pallium India at a critical time when it needed expert help. He took on the task as a volunteer. Today, Sahayatra continues to follow many of the reforms that he had brought in.
At this time of sadness, we gratefully remember his generosity and voluntary service for the suffering people in our country.
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Nanma, the employee’s charity initiative of Asianet Satellite Communication, donated ₹100,000 to support the 6th anniversary celebrations of Pratheeksha children’s palliative care clinic at SAT hospital. Thank you very much!
Students and teachers of Navajeevan School SANS PAIN (Students Against Needless Suffering and Pain) Unit have donated 250 packets (5kg each) of rice to support Pallium India’s Foodkit program. Thank you very much!
On Pallium India’s 14th annual day (December 15), SBI Life Insurance donated ₹2,44,707 worth of Medical equipment for patient care. It was handed over by SBI Life Area Manager Prince James to Dr Rajagopal. Thank you very much for your support!
Something beautiful is evolving near Nedumbassery in Ernakulam district, Kerala. Guardian Angel, a new palliative care centre is opening its doors to the needy in Jan 2018.
Most palliative care centres face many teething troubles, shortcomings and hindrances during its early days, but not Guardian Angel. With the vision of an exceptional human being, His Grace Mar Severios and with the more-than-capable management of His Grace Mar Eulios and a very willing volunteer, Mr Chinnan, the centre starts with two trained doctors, several trained nurses and enough physical facilities. We predict that this is going to be an important institution in palliative care delivery and training in the state.
Best Wishes, all at Guardian Angel. Pallium India is proud to walk with you at least a few steps in your development.