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SRINAGAR: In order to alleviate the sufferings of cancer patients and to take the patient care at public door steps, department of pain and palliative care provides free home care facility for terminally ill cancer patients.  Dr. Fir Afroz Prof Radiation Oncology &   HOD Pain & Palliative Care while giving details said; home care facility was started in 2015 and has been fully appreciated since its inception. This facility is provided for two days a week.  

The department also provides pain management, day care facility, free pharmacy for poor and needy cancer patients besides financial help through different centrally & State sponsored programmes. In addition department through various NGO’S such as  Jiv Daya foundation (USA), cancer society of Kashmir (CSK), Indian cancer society Mumbai (ICS), Vcare foundation Mumbai, Cankids, leukemia crusaders (Delhi), also provide treatment support and other medical and logistic support to poor patients and thousands of patients have been benefitted   from this initiative, she added.

Director  SKIMS Dr. Omar Javed Shah hailed department for this sustained  initiative which is benefitting poor patients. He said the support is also extended to patients with kidney and cardiac aliments and the Pain &  Pallaitive Care department  through  various organisations  provide  logistic support to poor patients in the form of drugs, artificial  limbs, eye prosthesis, Air mattresses, Domiciliary oxygen, Nebulizers, oxygen concentrators and cylinders etc. which is appreciable as thousands of terminally sick patients are benefitted.  He further added that currently the home care facility is limited to  district Srinagar only and will be extended to other districts also in order to provide palliation to patients at their door steps.