Published on: July 18, 2022

The importance of pain management is known only to people who have gone through severe pain. You may not find it easy to believe this, but modern pain management got into MBBS curriculum only a few years back. Doctors and hospital administrators do not yet know how to procure opioids, how to stock and dispense them safely. Nor do healthcare administrators.

Dr Shilpa Khanna from Sangwari in Chhattisgarh, having initiated palliative care services reaching out to the community, decided to sensitize medical professionals on the matter. On the 7th of July 2022, from 12 noon to 3pm she coordinated a hybrid event organized by the Department of Anaesthesia in collaboration with Department of Medicine and Department of Paediatrics of Rajmata Srimati Devendra Kumari Singhdeo Government Medical College, Ambikapur. This is being followed by extensive hand-holding and trouble-shooting on practical issues in smaller groups.

The 126 attendees included the Dean, Medical Superintendent, heads of Paediatrics and Gynaecology, senior faculty, senior residents, junior residents of various clinical and non-clinical departments, nurses in charge of OPD, IPD, OT and ICU, central store in charge, pharmacists, dietician and hospital management consultants and and final year MBBS students. So important: to sensitise all categories of stakeholders.

Thank you Sangwari for allowing Pallium India to walk with you, both in this CME program and in the work in Chhattisgarh.

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