A few years back palliative care, even of the most basic kind, did not merit much attention in India, but things are now looking up with the government having realised the need of palliative care and amending the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances NDPS Act, according to Nagesh Simha, president, Indian Association of Palliative Care.
Simha, speaking on the sidelines of the 23rd International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2016) to be held from February 12 to 14, at Hotel Hyatt Regency, said that palliative care needed a big push.
The conference will focus on technical aspects, paper presentations, case discussions from various countries, new initiatives and the way forward. Over 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference.
Simha added that with the NDPS Act being amended, all the states of India have been directed to offer palliative care services through the public health system. However, the gap between availability and demand is still huge and enormous efforts are needed to bridge it. IAPC is working with the government to identify the issues that need to be addressed to ensure universal availability of palliative care.