Guwahati | Published on: July 29, 2010

The Regional Cancer Center (RCC) at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute has created a full time position in Palliative Care.

Dr Kabindra Bhagawati has been appointed as a palliative care physician in that position.

The relevance of this cannot be underestimated.

Dr Goswami

Dr Bhagawati

In Assam, as in the rest of the country, Palliative Care started as a charitable activity. Dr Dinesh Chandra Goswami founded the Guwahati Pain and Palliative Care Society (GPPCS) in May 1999. Since then, GPPCS has been providing palliative care to the patients in the RCC.

One major weakness of the whole palliative care movement in the country has been that integration with mainstream medicine has been poor. But this development in Guwahati is encouraging.

Kabindra underwent a Basic Certificate Course in Palliative Care from Calicut in 1999 and a Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

Congratulations, Kabindra and Dinesh! And thank you from all of us for your hard work and commitment that made all this possible.