Care beyond cure
OT, December 13, 2011 22:31 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
A training programme on palliative care called ‘Care Beyond Cure’ was organized for the student volunteers, by the Social Service Club of Jamia Cultural Committee on 26th November 2011 at 11 AM in the Nehru House, Jamia Millia Islamia. The programme was facilitated by the palliative care expert team of Delhites’ National Initiative for Palliative Care (DNipCare), represented by K.V. Hamza (General Secretary), Ajit Kumar, Suresh Kumar (Executive Members), Aparna PS, and Neeraj Bakshi (core team members).
Palliative Care is a holistic approach to provide quality life to the bedridden, terminally ill patients, as well as their families through care and support. DNipCare supports patients grappling not only with potentially life threatening disease, but with long term financial, psychological, social and emotional hardships that leave them and their family members mentally and physically drained, claims university release.
The team of students and professional volunteers from DNipCare led by K. V. Hamza interacted with the students of the Social Service Club and gave a presentation about their organization, how it started and how they render selfless service to the community. DNipCare was established in Delhi on 15th August 2008 with a dedicated team of 45 volunteers.
The inspiration to start a palliative care unit in Delhi came from the Palliative Care movements in Kerala. It was set up with a mission to discharge the social responsibility of conveying care, concern and love towards fellow human beings. Counseling the deeply depressed terminally ill patients is one of the main missions of the organization so as to bring a ray of hope in their lives and create the belief that they can also lead quality life in spite of physical pain and psychological suffering.
After the presentation, there was an experience sharing session between the volunteers from DNipCare and student members of the club. The volunteers were encouraged to identify patients, visit them and spend quality time with them so as to make them realize that they are still important and valued members of the society.
The interactive session was followed by a Palliative visit to patients around Jamia who are in need of palliative care. The students were divided into three teams and went for the palliative visit under the guidance of the DNipCare team.
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