Hyderabad, India, October 2012 -The Andhra Pradesh state government in India recently recognized the need for palliative care for people living with incurable illnesses. Acknowledging the initiatives undertaken by the MNJ Institute of Oncology in collaboration with INCTR and Pallium India, the government has sanctioned official posts for a faculty position, nursing staff, and office support staff within the Department of Palliative Care at MNJ. The government has supported the palliative care program at MNJ by unofficially providing staff, infrastructure and all essential drugs since its inception in 2006. Since 2008, palliative care for cancer has been included in a state-sponsored insurance program for the poor, a landmark initiative by the state government. Andhra Pradesh, India's 4th largest state, is also the 14th state in India which has amended the regulations related to opioid availability for medical use which means that opioids are more readily available for those in need.
Dr. Gayatri Palat
Program Director, PAX India
International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR)
Consultant, Department of Palliative Care,
MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre
Source: INCTR NewsFlash