Sparsh Hospice, the first hospice and palliative care center, both in Telugu states to observe World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday. Health Minister Shri Eatala Rajender and Dr. Ranjit Reddy, MP, Chevella to participate in the event to be held at Sparsh Hospice premises here in the city at Road No. 12 on Saturday.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place on the second Saturday of October every year.And it is observed all over the world. The theme for this year is My Care My Right-- aims to communicate that palliative care can be demanded by the public - and that, together, every person impacted by a life limiting illness can influence their policy makers to prioritize palliative care financing under Universal Health Coverage.
It will be a day for us to acknowledge our donors and volunteers who have given their resources and time generously for the cause, informed Mr. Rammohan Rao, CEO of Sparsh Hospice.
Sparsh Hospice is a Palliative Care Center, which is an initiative of Rotary Club of Banjara Hills Charitable Trust. Palliative Care is the care given to the terminally ill patients. Sparsh Hospice is a12 bedded facility.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It is the care extended to the terminally ill cancer patients. Once the cancer is termed as ‘Terminal’ it means that the life of that patient will end soon and no curative treatment is possible
. Hence in this stage, it is deemed fit to concentrate in improving the quality of life and lessening the suffering rather than trying to prolong life with toxic treatments
. This is the concept of ‘palliative Care’
. A hospice is a place where patients with terminal illnesses are provided palliative care.
The day is observed to share its vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care, to raise awareness and understanding of the needs—medical, social, practical of the people and to raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services.
Sparsh Hospice on this day invites the family members of the diseased Cancer Patients who availed facilities at the center. Palliative care at Sparsh involves physical, emotional and spiritual care, with a team of trained doctors, nursing staff, physiotherapists, counselors and spiritual guides. And this is the free service. It also provides home care services.
Each year in Hyderabad nearly 12,000 patients are at a terminal stage of cancer. More palliative care is required. Only 0.5 Per cent of the population gets the benefit from palliative care and relief.
It is a known fact that Cancer is on the rise in our Country and according to WHO, 1 in 4 Cancer patients in the world are from India. About 10, 00,000 cases (ten lakhs) of Cancer are diagnosed in India each year and of this number, about 12,000 per year are from Hyderabad alone. It is also well known that more than 70% of Cancer patients are at an advanced stage at diagnosis itself.
Death is inevitable. But, death has to be dignified and painless. Any service rendered to terminally ill patients is very laudable.
All of Sparsh’s facilities including stay, medicine, medical care and food are entirely free to patients.