Amritsar, 16 October, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences and National Association of Palliative Care for AYUSH & Integrative Medicine (NAPCAIM) organized “The Palliative Care Conference” at Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences, Sri Amritsar on the occasion of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.
The conference was endorsed by Cancer Fight Global, USA. The theme for the conference was “Leave no one behind, Equity in access to Palliative Care.” Palliative care is the holistic approach to serve the people of chronic and life limiting illnesses. Main goal is to provide comfort to the patient as well as the caregivers.
Dr. Baljit Kaur, Assistant Director, Health Services Punjab, was the Chief Guest for the occasion. She emphasized the role of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in providing compassionate care and support to the people suffering from Leprosy at those times.
The Keynote address was delivered by Dr Katherine Pettus, Senior Advocacy Director, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, USA on the topic “Role of Advocacy in Palliative Care” and by Dr Gregorio Zuniga, Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Canada on the topic “Equity in Pediatric Palliative Care”.
Dr. Bhupinder Singh Walia, Member of Punjab Medical Council was present on the occasion and motivated the organizing team for arranging the conference on the much-required subject of palliative care.
Dr. Abhijit Dam, President NAPCAIM and Dr Piyush Gupta, Secretary NAPCAIM shared their views about the importance of palliative care which is the continuum of care and improves the quality of life of the patients as well as the family. Dr Amarjodh Singh and Dr Bhajneek Kaur Grewal from United Kingdom enlighted us on Topic Sikh religion and Palliative Care.
Dr. Daljit Singh, Vice Chancellor, SGRD University of Health Sciences, Amritsar, Dr. A.P. Singh, Dean, SGRD University of Health Sciences and President NAPCAIM Punjab Chapter and Dr. M.S. Uppal, Director Principal of SGRDIMSAR congratulated Dr. Harjot Singh and the whole team of NAPCAIM, Punjab Chapter for their efforts and shared their views on the need of Palliative care in the present times when there is health transition with rising incidence of cancers and other chronic illnesses.
The convocation function was also held on the occasion and 65 degrees were awarded to those who completed their Fellowship in Palliative Care.
On the occasion were present Dr. Paramjot Bindra, Dr. Harpreet Kaur, Dr. Manisha Nagpal, Dr. Pooja Sadana and Dr. Amrit Pal Singh Brar.