Monday, February 13, 2012

KNipCare Conceptualized

The volunteers of DNipCare came to Kolkata to attend the 19th International Conference of Indian Palliative Care Association felt the void in the absence of a community based Palliative Care initiative in this city of joy. In order to fill in this gap, the volunteers gathered like minded people and an initial meeting was held at 3PM today, i.e., Sunday 12th February 2012 in 93, Chowranghee Road, Kolkata and paved the way for a community based Paliative Care Unit in the city. C.V. Prasad, Controller of Accounts, Ministry of Mines, B.S.Mishra, Deputy Director, Ministry of Shipping, Ravi, Accounts Officer, Ministry of Road Transport, Mrs. Bindu have attended the meeting in addition to KV Hamza, Shilpa Babu & Kanchan Bala, the volunteers of DNipCare in the meeting and decided to establish KNipCare (Kolkatans’ National initiative in Palliative Care). The formal meetings will be conducted shortly and the future course of action in Patient care will accordingly be started by including all the like minded people living different localities in Kolkata and a potential volunteer base will be created.

It has also been decided that the organization will initially adopt one day per week approach for Palliative home care and later on extend the facilities after assessing the patient scenario as well as the volunteer availability. This initiative is likely to follow the footsteps of DNipCare for rendering palliation to the long term, bedridden, terminally ill patients in the city. Many likeminded people including some prominent Mallayalees staying in Kolkata have expressed their unconditional support for this initiative though they could not attend the initial sitting due to pre-occupation as well as the short notice of the meeting. A Blog viz., has also been launched on this occasion.

with warm regards,

kv hamza, General Secretary

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