Gandhi Nagar Hospital becomes 1st DH of J&K to have registered Palliative Care Centre

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 7: In a major achievement, Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu has become first district hospital (DH) of not only Jammu and Kashmir but also North India which is now a registered Medical Centre for Palliative Care under CTC3 Program.
CTC3 program which was one-year training program for Palliative Care was conducted by Palliative Care Department of AIIMS New Delhi, APHN (Asian Pacific Hospice Network) Singapore and Lien Palliative Care collaborative UK. The funding for the program was done by APHN Singapore and Lien Collaborative.
Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu is the only District Hospital of J&K which was included in the CTC3 program for this training program. The Palliative care staff of the Hospital was trained at AIIMS New Delhi. The staff included Dr Rohit Lahori (Interventional Pain and Palliative Care Specialist and Incharge of the Palliative Care unit in the Hospital) and two staff nurses.
On this achievement of the Hospital, Dr Rohit Lahori said that all this has become possible only due to proactive efforts of the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital Dr Indra Butyal under the guidance of Director Health Services Dr Renu Sharma and with full support of Additional Chief Secretary, Health & Medical Education Department, Vivek Bhardwaj.
It is pertinent to mention here that Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu is the first hospital in J&K to start Palliative Care Centre with dedicated 10 bedded ward and trained staff to provide these services under NPPC Program, with state of art infrastructure and daily OPD and IPD services. The Pain and Palliative Care is the supportive care for terminally ill patients.
Palliative Care services were started in the Hospital on March 13, 2019 and so far 282 patients have availed admission for Palliative Care in the Hospital.