PALLIATIVE CARE FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS AND THEIR KINS
IMPHAL: In line with the directive of Manipur 'National Health Mission' (NHM) for doctors, staff nurses, social workers, and paramedical staff to undergo a palliative care training, over 300 participants enrolled in the very first week. To empower the Healthcare providers with skills necessary to relieve the suffering of patients with COVID-19 and their families, Pallium India — a national registered trust — in collaboration with Pallicovid Kerala — a collective of palliative care professionals — has initiated a weekly online training in basic palliative care.
To sustainably manage the pandameic needs, palliative care experts in Kerala came together to form an informal task force ('Pallicovid Kerala') to develop an e-book on the guidelines for integration of palliative care with COVID-care. This algorithm-based e-book is derived from evidence-based guidelines and advisories from around the world. Aimed at the Healthcare professionals in their tireless battle against the pandemic, it helps in enhancing their existing skill sets.
Palliative care is the alleviation of serious illness related suffering of the patient and the family. It involves the prevention, assessment and management of symptoms including pain, breathlessness and agitation and providing psychological, social and spiritual support.
Acknowledging the efforts of the Manipur government, Dr MR Rajagopal, Director of the Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences said, "I congratulate the Manipur Government in seeing the value of this training and encouraging the service providers to participate and learn how to be more compassionate and take informed decisions for treatment and self care as well. This simple solution if adopted by all governments will immeasurably bolster our healthcare force for the current and future emergencies." Having undergone the basic training, Maibam Ranita Devi, Nurse, NHM, Community Health Officer, Health and Wellness Center, Awang Wabagai, Imphal, Manipur, said, "I have learned a lot as a 'Community Health Officer' with holistic approach on how to take care of patients with incurable diseases and COVID-19 by giving compassionate care, stated a release.