In a report titled “Why Kerala is the best place in India to die“, Atish Patel of the BBC writes:
“Kerala has more palliative care centres than the rest of the country put together and its extensive programme is bolstered by thousands of volunteers who give up their time to tend to those who are incurably ill, bedridden or nearing the end of their lives.”
Kerala can be proud. But not complacent. We are doing well only in comparison. Most of our hospitals do not have pain relief or palliative care programs even now.
That elderly woman in the picture is luckier than most others in her situation in India, but what little we give her is only a tiny bit of what she needs desperately!