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To involve students, the city police and volunteers
Plan to cover areas in Corporation limits first
Kozhikode: The Students Union and the Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM) at Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) here are embarking on a palliative care initiative involving students, the city police and volunteers.
The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the initiative named SREE, which stands for Support, Rehabilitation, Education & Empowerment, on October 15.
SREE was conceived following the success of palliative care ventures involving public participation such as ‘Footprints.’ With SREE, the palliative care movement is expected to receive added impetus by ensuring the participation of medical college students in all activities. In the first phase, SREE will restrict itself to palliative care and rehabilitation of patients within corporation limits and then extend it to other areas in the district.
Mr. Kalam will deliver the presidential speech and hold an interactive session with the students. He will honour K.M. Kuriakose, Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at the MCH, Lulu Mathew, retired Head of Paediatrics Department, and Sr. Merlin of the IPM for exemplary service.In Koyilandy
Meanwhile, a three-day convention of the beneficiaries and volunteers of the Koyilandy Palliative Care Society began at the Kezhariyur palliative care centre on Friday.
The get-together is to review and strengthen the palliative care movement, which has established a wide network in the region since its inception five years ago.
“Neither strikes nor hartals have been a hindrance to the home care service of our movement,” a spokesman of the Koyilandy Palliative Care Society said. About 180 families get free food under the home care scheme and around 40 volunteers are engaged in providing the services.Other programmes
The Koyilandy Palliative Care Society is also actively engaged in another programme that aims at empowering at least one member in every family to take care of the aged and the chronically ill.
Numerous meetings have been held to mobilise community support for this programme. The society’s leaders are confident they would be able to achieve this target by the end of this year.
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