New Delhi: Today, ahead of World Hospice & Palliative Care Day which falls on the second Saturday of October, Cankids..KidsCan (National Society for Change for Childhood Cancer in India) and Pallium India (leading national trust for palliative care in the country) came together and hosted a special event at Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi.
The occasion marked the screening of a documentary film titled ” Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaping the World”
A film that documents the life and work of the father of Palliative Care in India Dr. M R Rajagopal , Chairman, Pallium India.
While speaking to a Ten News correspondent, Rajagopal said, “We are launching a nation wide civil society pledge ‘Say no to Pain’ asking policy makers, drug controllers, health providers, treating physicians and palliative care specialists for urgent and specific action to address this suffering in India.”
According to Pallium India, “It is an elephant in the room that we can no longer ignore. 55 million people in our country are victims of catastrophic health expenditure every year. Paying for health services pushes them into poverty. Children drop out of school, people lose their jobs and the ripple effect continues long after the patient is gone.”