SKIMS provides ‘free’ home care services for terminally sick cancer patients

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SRINAGAR: In order to alleviate the sufferings of cancer patients and to take the patient care at public doorsteps, the Department of Pain and Palliative Care, SKIMS, provides “free” home care facility for terminally ill cancer patients, an official statement issued here on Tuesday said.
SKIMS in a statement quoted Dr. Fir Afroz, Prof Radiation Oncology and HOD Pain and Palliative Care, as saying, “Home care facility was started in 2015 and has been fully appreciated since its inception. This facility is provided for two days a week. The department also provides pain management, day care facility, and free pharmacy for poor and needy cancer patients besides financial help through different centrally and state sponsored programmes.”
In addition, the department through various NGOs like JivDaya Foundation (USA), Cancer Society of Kashmir (CSK), Indian Cancer Society Mumbai (ICS), Vcare Foundation Mumbai, Cankids, Leukaemia Crusaders (Delhi), also provides treatment support and other medical and logistic support to poor patients; and thousands of patients have been benefitted from this initiative, Dr. Afroz said.
Meanwhile, Director SKIMS Dr. Omar Javed Shah has hailed department for this sustained initiative which is benefitting poor patients. “The support is also extended to patients with kidney and cardiac aliments and the Pain and Palliative Care department through various organisations provides logistic support to poor patients in the form of drugs, artificial limbs, eye prosthesis, air mattresses, domiciliary oxygen, nebulizers, oxygen concentrators and cylinders etc. which is appreciable as thousands of terminally sick patients are benefitted,” he said in a statement.
Currently, the home care facility is limited to district Srinagar and will be extended to other districts also in order to provide palliation to patients at their door steps, Dr Shah added.