An 88-year-old Sunanda Sawant, who is seen wearing a paper cap was shaking her leg on some Bollywood tunes played in the auditorium at Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai on October 13. Sunanda, who lives in Ghatkopar, had a cancerous tumour on the left eye. She has been a registered patient for the palliative care service offered by TMH. On October 13, she had come to TMH to attend the celebration of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with her son and daughter-in-law.
The World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of October every year. The theme for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2017 was ‘Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don’t leave those suffering behind’. A function was organised in TMH to honour those who are working tirelessly towards improving the quality of life of patients with life-limiting diseases. The felicitation programme was followed by the performances of cancer surviving kids and the hospital staff.
The palliative care department at Tata Hospital was started in 1996. The palliative care unit needs the team of multiple experts of different specialties, including physicians, psychiatrists, counselors, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation workers etc. “I would like to thank everyone, who has been working towards this cause,” said Dr Joyita Deodhar, Head of the Department Palliative Care TMH.
“My mother’s heart was very weak. So, we couldn’t continue her treatment for cancer. Therefore, she was provided home-based palliative service by TMH. Now she is much better. Her recovery was a miracle for us,” said Ganesh Sawant, Sunanda’s son.