District level palliative care program launched in Odisha
Palliative care in Odisha was started in the 1990s by Dr Sukdev Nayak and team, at the Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack. That was a great beginning; but at district level, the growth was precious little. From the beginning of 2019, Pallium India has been working with champions in Odisha to get the state to adopt a palliative care policy. We had prepared a draft policy, and to some extent, the attempt has borne fruit.
On 7th November 2019, the Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik announced a palliative care program to be started at the district level. Perhaps a pragmatic program could be much more effective than a policy document.
Congratulations, palliative care champions in Odisha.