BBC News Online talks about Kerala’s success in palliative care, visiting Dr Suresh Kumar at the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Calicut.
By Sanjoy Majumder – BBC News, Kerala
Pain and suffering
Only the rich or privileged have access to proper health care – the rest are increasingly forced to battle alone.
But 2,000km (1,242 miles) away, in Kerala, there is a ray of hope.
At the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Calicut, Dr Suresh Kumar checks on a patient, a poor fisherman who is suffering from lung cancer.
Moved by the pain and suffering of terminally ill patients, the doctor gave up his job as an anaesthetist to set up a ground-breaking palliative care system that has now spread across the state.
“Most of the problems faced by elderly people are not medical. A lot of the issues are social, emotional, issues of loneliness and a lack of money,” he explains.
- If you missed Linda Pressly’s January 2011 interview in Trivandrum, listen to it here…