Jammu to get palliative & geriatric care facilities in each district

Jammu: The government of Jammu and Kashmir will set up palliative care and geriatric care facilities in each of 10 districts of Jammu region, officials said here on Friday.
To this end, a three-day programme was also launched to train doctors and paramedical staff, they said.
The additional chief secretary health and medical education Vivek Bhardwaj inaugurated the training programme, they said.
The programme is being conducted in collaboration with the Indian Association of Palliative Care(IAPC), Rohit Lahori, the head of the palliative care unit in Jammu region, told reporters here.
It is being conducted under the supervision of Sushma Bhatnagar, the head of department of pain and palliative care, AIIMS, New Delhi, he said.
Faculty from different parts of the country have joined in the training programme to train two doctors and two nurses from each district of Jammu, Lahori said.
This is the first of its kind of training in J&K, he said.
Bhardwaj appreciated the role of Directorate of Health Services in starting these much-awaited services in the health sector.
The government hospital Gandhi Nagar is presently the only district hospital in Jammu & Kashmir which provides palliative care as a registered medical centre.

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