Published on: December 3, 2014

International Palliative Care Literature has frequently referred to the dearth of palliative care services in the Gulf territory. Authors have wondered why, in the midst of so much of affluence, this humanitarian element of healthcare has been lost.

Well, things appear to be changing. Following last year’s initiatives, under the auspices of the Department of Oncology at Royal Hospital, Oman, in partnership with the Ministry, a six-hour palliative care workshop was organized. The audience included predominantly nurses, but had more than twenty-five doctors from various specialities. The interest in palliative care was palpable. We congratulate Dr Zahed, the palliative care enthusiast, and Dr Rajan, the Head of Oncology, for allowing Pallium India to conduct the workshop.

Representing Pallium India, Dr Anjum Joad Khan, Ms Aneeja Mariam Joseph and Dr M. R. Rajagopal conducted the workshop.

Dr Zahed has already drawn up the draft of a National Plan for Palliative Care and has plans to reach out into all parts of the Sultanate of Oman.

Muscat Conference

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