Cancer patients around Guwahati can now get palliative care at the newly equipped hospice constructed by the Deepsikha Cancer Foundation at Mirza in Kamrup district of Assam. Rotary Club of Gauhati West, D 3240, has equipped the hospice with the necessary medical equipment, hospital furniture etc, at a cost of $31,000, through global grants. The partners for this project are RC Hsinchuchuchian, District 3500, Taiwan and TRF.
Other organisations that pitched in for the cause include the State Bank of India, NRL, IOC and few other philanthropists. The land for the hospice was donated by the family of Babulal Jain of Mirza. IPDG Chandu Agarwal, PDG Arijit K Endow and Leela Sharma, Trustee, Deepsikha Foundation, inaugurated the facility in April.
The palliative care centre is equipped to reduce pain of terminally ill patients and meet their spiritual needs. It also provides respite care for the care-givers and family conferences to update the family about the patient’s health. Professional counsellors are appointed to provide emotional support for the patients and their caregivers, and bereavement services for the family on the death of their loved ones.
Rtn Budhin Borthakur, the project’s primary contact, said that this self-sustaining project will provide love, care and dignity to terminally ill cancer patients by inculcating the highest standards of palliative care.