Suma’s story was part of the discussion at the Third International Congress on Kerala Studies, organised by the AKG Study and Research Centre at University College, Trivandrum, from January 1 to 3, 2011.
There was one whole session dedicated to palliative care and Suma’s tragic story came up for discussion.
The audience strongly felt that both the Community and the Government have a responsibility to make sure that such needless suffering is prevented.
The meeting particularly discussed the problems of the elderly. Mr. A.K.D Pillai, Secretary of the Central Government Pensioners’ Association and Secretary of the Senior Citizens’ Friends’ Association, submitted a detailed proposal to the Congress, pragmatically listing out the possible measures that can be undertaken by the Government in association with Non-Government Organizations.