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.
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.