On March 4, 2022, Pallium India, in collaboration with National Health Mission (NHM) Uttarakhand, organized an online Workshop on opioid availability. The program, facilitated by our Chairman, Dr M R Rajagopal, was attended by 22 participants, including Dr Archana Pandey (Officer-in-charge, NPPC Uttarakhand), Mr Neeraj (Drug Inspector, Dehradun) and nine doctors from government sector.
In her welcome address, Dr Archana Ojha informed everyone that palliative care ward has been sanctioned in four districts: Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital of Uttarakhand. Dr Rajagopal and Mr Neeraj explained 2014 NDPS Amendment and subsequent 2015 Rules in the state.
The Uttarakhand NHM has designated Pallium India as their technical partners for developing palliative care in the state and has assigned two district hospitals – HMG (District) Hospital Haridwar and Coronation Hospital Dehradun.
On 9th March, 2022, Rajendra Dutt Bijalwan (Regional Coordinator-North, Pallium India) met the Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) Dr CP Tripathi and the palliative care team at HMG District Hospital, Haridwar. Apart from Mr Bijalwan, Mr Sunil Rana (District Consultant-NCD NHM, Haridwar), 3 doctors, 3 nurses and 2 counselors from NCD team were present in the meeting. (In the picture).
Rajendra Bijalwan has also visited Coronation hospital Dehradun on 11th March, 2022 and had extensive discussions with Dr Shikha Jangpangi (CMS, Coronation Hospital, Dehradun) and Dr Kush Aeron (Palliative care consultant).
Mr Bijalwan worked with the teams to provide necessary documents including samples register, patient assessment forms, Indian Standard Audit tools, brochures, helpline numbers, consent form, reporting format and so on.
The Government Order referenced above is attached here:
(Report prepared by: Rajendra Dutt Bijalwan, Regional Coordinator – North, State Facilitation, Pallium India)