Amrit Dhara celebrates World Hospice & Palliative Care Day-2023 in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Amrit Dhara Palliative Care Trust, which operates from Patia, Bhubaneswar and provides Holistic Palliative Care in different parts of Odisha, in collaboration with different NGOs, organised a Rally to celebrate the World Hospice & Palliative Care Day-2023 on 14th October, Saturday.

More than 250 volunteers of different age and social background, including Police personnel came forward to create the logo of WHPCD 2023 at Patia Gate, Bhubaneswar.

The program was flagged off by Chief Guest, Commissioner of Police, Soumendra Priyadarshi, in the presence of Dr. Sumita Mohanty, Senior Trustee and Prof. & HoD of AHPGIC, Cuttack, Prof. Dr. Bidhu Kalyan Mohanti, Director-Oncology, Bagchi Karunashraya, Dr. Mami Parija, President of the Trust &HoD-Anaesthesiology, Apollo Hospitals& Mrs. Namrata Rath, Secretary of the Trust. On this occasion, the Chief Guest launched the Community Care Vehicle which was donated by Gem & Jewellery National Relief Foundation, Mumbai & Laxmi Diamond, Mumbai.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest, Soumedra Priyadarshi, mentioned the importance of the Community in the Palliative Care ecosystem and lauded the role played by Amrit Dhara in this regard.

Later in the day, a scientific session was organised where leading personalities from different sectors of the society like Prof. Dr.Lalatendu Sarangi, Dr. Bidhu Kalyan Mahanti, Dr. Bhagyalaxmi, Prof. Dr. Arun Dandapat, Dr. Garima, Mr. Bibu Das, Mr. Sukanta Nanda, Dr.Sukadev, Dr. Tarai, Dr. Kanhu Charan Mishra, Dr.Dhaneswari Jena, Dr. Sree Priya Narayanan and members from Lion club attended. The program highlighted the journey of Amrit Dhara in the service of the patients, a panel discussion on the role of a compassionate community in care delivery system and also a note from the bereaved.

Aligning around the core theme of “Compassionate Communities, together for Palliative Care”, the President of Amrit Dhara, Dr. Mami Parija addressed the gathering emphasizing on the stronger role played by the communities in delivering the holistic care to those experiencing death, dying, caregiving and bereavement, she mentioned that by activating the community members to care for each other in a compassionate way, is the true service delivery for the patients.

Dr. Kanhu Charan Mishra informed everyone about the recent launching of services of Amrit Dhara at Sundargarh and how the Government is working to establish the system and process of making this services available to each corner of Sundargarh.

The programme was conducted successfully by Sasmita Behera and Premalata Khuntia along with the volunteer staff of Amrit Dhara Palliative Care Trust. Ratan Kumar Singh, Treasurer of the Trust, offered vote of thanks to the guests.

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