Palliative Home Care services for cancer patients opened in Odisha


Bhubaneswar, December 7: The Bagchi-Karunashraya City Space and Palliative Home Care services for cancer patients was inaugurated at Gandamunda by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Tuesday here.

“With this institution Odisha becomes a pioneering State among many cities and States of India in providing such humanitarian service with love, care and relief to the cancer patients during the last days of their lives,” said Mohapatra.

Mohapatra said, “This joint initiative of the Government of Odisha, Bangalore Hospice Trust (BHT), and Subroto Bagchi and his wife Susmita Bagchi of Odisha caters to a basic need of the patients who generally feel dejected and miserable with pain towards last part of the life.”

Mohapatra expressed the hope that the construction of Bagchi Sri Sankar Cancer Hospital would be completed in a year.

Further, Mohapatra advised to involve the service oriented NGOs in different districts, and train them about the counseling and palliative care. They could provide the care to cancer patients in remote areas, he added.

Joining the occasion, Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Research Center (AHRCRC) Director Dr Lalatendu Sadangi said, “This institute has added to the complete and holistic management of the cancer patients.

He also informed that the center would have 32 nodes in all the districts which would operate in hub and spoke model with the hospice at Bhubaneswar.

Speaking on the Occasion, BHT Managing Trustee Gurumeet Singh Randhawa thanked Government of Odisha and Baghcis for this pioneering initiative and generosity. He also said that the hospice would function in collaboration with Government of Odisha, AHRCRC and Capital Hospital, and AIMS, Bhubaneswar.

Randhawa appraised that the team of Bagchi-Karunashraya palliative care were trained at HBT Banglore and they perfectly carried the whole ethos of Bangalore Karunashraya to Odisha.

The Bagchis donated 130 crore to Bagchi Karunashraya Palliative care centre ( BKPCC). Government of Odisha generously provided 20 Acres of land at Infovalley-II free of cost. The Government also provided free of cost, 10,000 Sq. ft of building space at Gandamunda, Pokhariput for commencing home care services.

Available data show the home care service was started on 18th October, 2021 on pilot basis. As of now 72 patients are being provided palliative care in their homes out of whom 7 patients are from Cuttack city. The BKPCC is providing home care service within 20 to 30 kms radius of Bhubaneswar. This will be expanded gradually on through district nodes, NGOs and service institutions.

The services provided by our home care unit of BKPCC is completely free of charge which includes support and consumables for bed bound patient.

These services are currently available within 20 to 30 Kms radius of Bhubaneswar city limits. The unit mainly focuses on the economically and socially backward classes. The home care center is also fully equipped to take awareness and training programmes for palliative care and support other palliative care units in their training and research programs.

The Staff Nurse Rosalin Senapati and a patient under home care Rupachandra Mallick shared their experiences in the meeting.

On this occasion a MOU was signed for collaborative operation in treatment and management of the cancer patients.

Subroto Bagchi, Susmita Bagchi, Director Capital Hospital Dr Laxmidhar Sahoo, Associate Director, BHT Dr Babita Varkey participated in the occasion.

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