Palliative Care in India
This has reference to the article “Palliative care in India: A long goodbye”, (April). This article is a thought provoking as well as an eye-opener. In fact, during the young age, we are least bothered about how death will em- brace us mostly when we reach the ripe old age. We often hear the news of people dying while they are on the move or someone collapsed and dead and so on. At this news, most of the people will comment that the deceased is so lucky that he or she did not have to suffer more and it is the fate of the deceased. But what about the people who have nobody else to care for particularly when they are immobile and suffering from a couple of diseases at the fag end of their life?
As everyone knows, today we can see nuclear families around us. Parents have one or two children and they are sent for education in schools and higher educational institutions and finally they are either sent abroad for a lucrative job or the children on their own prefer to work outside one’s home state leaving their parents. Though initially both the parents and their children working abroad may feel comfortable, things slowly turn out to be bad when the parents’ health weakens and they need regular medication and help from some one round the clock. Though there is mushrooming of palliative centres in our places, care given by a third person may not always satisfy the ailing and especially bedridden patients. More often they wish their children were around them. Their very sight and continuous presence will make their ailing parents or ailing relative happy and it would give a soothing effect on their health. That is what the miracle played by the blood relations among the individuals. The very thought that he is my son or she my daughter who is nursing me very well, will definitely satisfy the ailing persons. So, palliative care yields good results if it is done sincerely and lovingly.