Annual Meeting Of Palliative Care Volunteers held in April 2017, in Aluva district, Kerela, by IAPC and NGO.
“The rights of the senior citizens should be protected”, Mr. P. K. Haneefa, (Retd. Judge) Chairman, Kerala State Minority Commission, exhorted the delegates who attended the two day Kerala State Meet of Palliative Care Volunteers on 8th and 9th April 2017, at the Viswadeepthi Public School, Chirayam, Aluva, Kerala.
He assured all his support for the enforcement of the various laws enacted for the maintenance and protection of their civil liberties as members of the society. He was delivering his oration on Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens’ Act and Palliative Care. The audience who thronged the hall welcomed his gesture with great applause.
The Meet was formally inaugurated by Shri V K Ibrahim Kunju, MLA.
Adv. V. D. Satheesan, MLA, formally released the souvenir Santhwana Mudra to commemorate the occasion by giving a copy to Mr. Tiny Tom, Cine Artiste.
Dr. C. M. Hyderali, Chairman of the Organising Committee honoured Dr. M. R. Rajagopal for his outstanding contributions to palliative care by adoring him with a ponnada. Mrs. Radhamani Jayasingh, Alangad Grama Panchayath President, Mr. A. P. Udaya Kumar, Choornikara Grama Panchayath President, Mr.. Hameed Shah, Member, Alangad Block Panchayath and Mr. Varghese Kolarikkal, Ward Member, felicitated. Mr. Narayanan Puthukkudy, General Secretary, Indian Association of Palliative Care Kerala, welcomed and Mr. K Radhakrishna Menon, Convenor of the Organising Committee proposed vote of thanks to the distinguished guests and delegates who attended the Meet.
The Scientific Session was introduced by Mr. Faisal Edakkara. The Meet focused attention on the following topics:
- Quality in the delivery of palliative care – where we stand today,
- Psycho-social support in patient care,
- Government assistance for the palliative care patients under the Ardram Mission,
- Palliative Care Scenario in Kerala – a debate,
- A review of Home-based care,
- Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act and Palliative Care,
- Establishment of palliative care units – legal requirements,
- Rehabilitation – a testimony, Paediatric palliative care,
- Ethics in Palliative Care and
- Empowerment of patient’s family in palliative care.
The topics were handled by eminent experts in their respective fields.
The Meet started with a welcome song by the children of Viswadeepthi Public School and there were cultural and variety entertainment programmes by students, paraplegia patients and delegates. 750 volunteers participated in the Meet.
The Meet was hosted by the Consortium of Pain and Palliative Care Units in Ernakulam District and it was managed under the Green Protocol.