Pal­lia­tive Care in In­dia

Alive - - Letters - — V. K. Ku­mar

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.

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