Published on: June 15, 2024

Rontu Sangma, Regional Facilitator – NE, Pallium India, writes:

On the bright and promising morning of May 18, 2024, the NEDFI House in Dispur, Guwahati, Assam, opened its doors to a unique and significant event – the ‘North East Palliative Care Conclave’. This was not just another event; it was a beacon of hope and a milestone in the journey of palliative care in the North East.

Organized by the Cafecare Foundation in association with the Department of Pain & Palliative Medicine, State Cancer Institute (SCI), GMC, this day-long event marked the first of its kind in the region. The conclave was a testament to the growing recognition and importance of palliative care in our society.

A Day of Enlightenment

The event commenced at 8:30 am and continued till 5:00 pm, encapsulating a full day of learning, sharing, and networking. The conclave was graced by many eminent speakers from all over the North East, each an expert in their respective fields. They were invited to share their knowledge and insights on various aspects of palliative care.

The topics of discussion were as diverse as they were essential. They ranged from creating awareness about palliative care, the importance of networking in this field, understanding the role of drugs in treatment, the significance of social service, the need for hospice care, the influence of spirituality in healing, to the role of nutrition in patient care. Each session was a deep dive into the intricacies of palliative care, enlightening the attendees with valuable knowledge.

Celebrating Success

The chief coordinator of the event, Dr. Arun Deka (HoD, Pain & Palliative Medicine, SCI) expressed his happiness about the success of the event. His joy was a reflection of the collective satisfaction of all those who were part of this noble initiative. The event was not just about imparting knowledge; it was about creating a community that cares.

In recognition of their participation and contribution, certificates and credit points were awarded to all the delegates and faculties. This gesture was not just about acknowledging their presence but also about encouraging continued learning and contribution to this field.

A Step Forward

The ‘North East Palliative Care Conclave’ was more than an event; it was a step forward in the journey of palliative care in the North East. It was a day of connection, of shared learning, and most importantly, of shared commitment towards a cause that touches lives most profoundly. As we look back at this day, we are filled with hope and anticipation for the future of palliative care in the North East. We believe that with continued efforts and shared commitment, we can ensure that palliative care is not just a medical service, but a human right.

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