Pain and Palliative Care unit for patients awaits Govt nod

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 May 2017 10:39:28

By Partha Sarathi Behera,


Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education, Subrat Sahoo said that here the role of Finance Department is vital and hoped the proposal will get the green signal in near future

A proposal to set up a Pain and Palliative Care Centre in Chhattisgarh is awaiting state government’s nod for over a year. The ambitious plan was presented before the former health secretary Vikas Sheel on the recommendation of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in the year 2016. Both Chief Minister and the then health secretary had reportedly shown keen interest in it.

Meanwhile, the proposed Centre, said to be a home rather than a hospital, to provide
tender and loving care, free of cost for the terminally ill patients, will be a boon for the State, according to Dr Divya Raxe who had brought the proposal for the state government.

The set up will not only help patients to the tune of thousands passing through stage III and stage IV of various diseases, but will also help them lead a life with dignity even whilst accepting that death is an inevitable part of life, according to Dr Raxe. “Palliative care is an approach that improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual,” according to Dr Raxe.

However, Pain and Palliative Care cannot taste success without complete support of governments and coordination between governments and non-government sectors. The holistic project had tasted more failure than success in the recent past in the absence of government support.
It is to be mentioned, Kerala is the first state in India to announce a Palliative Care Policy in 2008, defining the role of government and importance of policy in this particular project.

Subrat Sahoo, Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, Chhattisgarh government, said that a proposal regarding the Pain and Palliative Care Centre is pending with the State Government.

“Obviously, it is a good idea. But, it requires a lot of fund for which we need to involve the Finance Department of State Government. Hopefully, the proposal will get the green signal. We will also put our efforts in it,” said the Principal Secretary.

Countries with established system of Palliative Care are Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand etc. Similarly, numerous governments abroad have already adopted national palliative care policies including Australia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Uganda, South Africa and United Kingdom.