Hyderabad

Home-based palliative care on revamp route

State Health department extends medical assistance to 12 immobile/ bedridden persons in the comfort of their homes on a daily average

After sustaining a hip fracture in January, a low-hanging rope tied to a wooden log in the ceiling was a source of solace to Choutuppal octogenarian Sujatha (name changed). She was not taken to hospital for a week and relied on alternative medicine that offered little help. For almost two months, she used the rope to lift herself from her bed.

Some time in March, an Accredited Social Health Activist found out about her and alerted nurses at the Palliative Care Centre in Choutuppal. Since then, aphysiotherapist has been attending to her while nurses bathe and clean her, and a doctor checks on her every week. With proper medical assistance, she could get on her feet with help of a walker.

Like her, the immobile elderly or those bedridden due to life-threatening diseases or accidents and unable to step out of home for treatment are being reached out to by State Health officials.

While home-based palliative care was offered earlier too, health officials have exponentially increased the services since the past two months. For instance, while around three such cases were attended per day until two months ago, an average of 12 people a day are being provided with medical services at their home since April.

Before revamping the services, Telangana commissioner of Health and Welfare department Yogita Rana, a few district medical and health officials visited Kerala to study palliative care services there.

Expansion plans

Currently, the medical teams are providing services in eight districts.

Each medical team includes a medical officer, a staff nurse, an Auxiliary Nursing Midwife and a physiotherapist.

Officials from the Health department said Health Minister Eatala Rajender directed officials to expand the services. It will be implemented in 22 more districts except Hyderabad and Wanaparthy where the service will reach at a later stage.

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