Published on: September 25, 2012

The Trivandrum branch of Indian Academy of Pediatrics initiated an annual oration award in memory of the late Professor Omana Mathew, a doyen of Pediatrics who was known for her sincerity, integrity and leadership.

The first “Dr Omana Mathew Oration” was delivered on 6 September 2012 by Dr M.R.Rajagopal, the chairman of Pallium India.

We are very happy to note that the joint palliative care clinic run by Departments of Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology of Trivandrum Medical College in collaboration with Pallium India is nearing one year of active functioning. Pallium India thanks the Trivandrum branch of Indian Academy of Pediatrics for making Palliative Care the subject of the first oration named after Professor Omana Mathew.

We also thank Professor Lalitha Kailas, the Head of Pediatrics, Professor Mohammed Kunju, the head of Pediatric Neurology, Professor Elizabeth, the medical superintendent of S.A.T Hospital and Dr Kalpana and Dr Hariprasad of the departments of Pediatric Neurology and Pediatrics for their initiative and leadership in Pediatric Palliative Care. Pallium India’s palliative care team, with Dr Sithara Raman heading the medical services, Ms Dinu heading nursing services, Mr Babykutty leading the volunteers and Mr Sunaj, the physiotherapist doing exemplary work with children, deserve appreciation.

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