Compassion for patients with terminal illness was advocated by speakers at the third anniversary celebration of Shanthallaya hospice, a city-based centre offering palliative care for the terminally ill.
Collector Jayashree Muralidharan releasing the newsletter of the hospice called for consideration towards terminally ill patients. Appreciative of the efforts of the hospice in caring primarily for patients in the last stages of cancer, she emphasised on prevention of cancer through early detection.
Tracing the origin and growth of palliative care, T.Mohanasundaram, Joint Director, Health Services, held Kerala with the highest number of hospices in the country as a model for palliative care.
M.S.Ashraf, President, Tamil Nadu Medical Council and Zameer Pasha, National Chairman of Academy of Medical Specialities, spoke. Nurses Kavitha and Lydia from the hospice were honoured with medals for being on call 24 x 7 at the hospice.
According to Dr. K.Govindaraj, founder, around 300 patients have passed their last days at Shanthallaya. Various types of cancer and end stages of kidney disease accounted for most admissions. The hospice also operates a home care service for terminally ill patients.