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J&K gets its first palliative care centre for cancer patients

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday got its first centre for programme and treatment of patients.

The centre was inaugurated by and Medical Education at district hospital at in Jammu city.

"It is the first centre to provide services to patients with The centre will be treating patients suffering from and terminally ill on daily basis", of Centre and treatment specialist told reporters here.

The centre has an attached 10-bedded ward with state of the art facilitates and trained staff from the government hospital Gandhi Nagar, Jammu will be deployed there, Lahori said.

It has been set up under the national programme by AIIMS, in collaboration with the Union ministry and the Asia Pacific Palliative Care Network (APHN), Singapore, he added.

"The power of healing does not lie in just prescribing drugs and medical treatment. What it essentially requires is caring for the patients," Lahori said.

"Palliative care is a specialised area of that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients," he added.

Palliative care includes and symptom management, disease-modifying treatments, psychological, social, spiritual support and bereavement support.

Apart from cancer, it deals with like HIV/AIDS, dementia, and end stage renal among others, he said.

We have so far admitted six patients suffering from end stage cancer under the palliative care programme and provided OPD services to 15 Patients, he said.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 19:47 IST