District collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil has inaugurated the palliative care center set up at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) hospital in Warangal. Speaking on the occasion, Patil said that palliative care center would provide care and support for the patients suffering from incurable health problems like cancer, HIV/ AIDS, stroke, end-stage pulmonary and kidney problems. Palliative care unit aims at reducing the pain and suffering and tries to address the symptoms associated with the problem to make life comfortable as long as the patient survives, he added. It is said that the palliative care center had been set up at the MGM for the first time in Telangana.
Collector has also inaugurated District Early Intervention Center (DEIC) set up under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK). “The center provides child health screening and early intervention services under National Health Mission. Children from birth to 18 years will be screened for 4Ds – diseases, deficiencies, disability and developmental delays,” he said and appealed to the people to utilise the services at this center. The center also has facilities for early identification of select health conditions, holistic assessment, investigations, diagnosis, intervention, referral, prevention and psycho-social interventions.
Children having autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, eye sight and hearing defects and congenital heart diseases would also be screened at the center. The collector has also interacted with some patients during the visit to the hospital. Earlier, Patil has also inaugurated the Urban Primary Health Centers (UPHC) at Peddammagadda and Kashibugga localities in the city. District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) Dr Harish Raj, MGMH superintendent Dr B Srinivas Rao and others were present during the inauguration of the palliative care center. – Telangana Today