Govt Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi jointly launch ICMR Project in Jammu

Jammu: The ICMR Project on Pain and Palliative Care has been launched at Govt. Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Jammu in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi along with nine other Premier Medical Institutions of Northern India.
This project was launched under the guidance of Secretary, Health and Medical education, Bhupinder Kumar who had assessed Palliative Care health services in district hospitals in September 2022.
As per official communiqué, through constant efforts of the Director Health Services, Jammu Dr Saleem-Ur-Rehman, Govt. Hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu is the only District Hospital to be selected amongst the nine other premier hospitals of North India like AIIMS Rishikesh, AIIMS Jodhpur, Banaras Hindu University, DMC Ludhiana etc.
The project is for capacity building of Palliative Care services in 10 Premier institutes of North India to reduce suffering in patients with chronic debilitating conditions and will focus on upliftment of Palliative Care services in 10 district hospitals of Jammu division by capacity building and training of manpower.
The project will be applicable for three years and will be headed by Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, Chief of National Cancer Institute and HOD, Palliative Care, AIIMS, New Delhi.
Dr. Rohit Lahori Pain and Palliative Care specialist and incharge of Palliative Care at Govt. Hospital Gandhi Nagar will be the Project Incharge under supervision of Dr. Parveen Yograj, Medical Superintendent Govt. Hospital Gandhi Nagar.
Notably, Palliative and Geriatric services were inaugurated by Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on March 31 last year in all districts of Jammu and Physical inauguration of Palliative Care ward at Govt. Hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu.
In context to this, 20 Medical Officers and 20 Staff Nurses have been trained in CCEPC- Certified Course in Essentials of Palliative Care through Indian Association of Palliative Care.
The Palliative care staff at Govt. Hospital Gandhi Nagar is trained from AIIMS New Delhi, in collaboration with APHN, Singapore and LIEN, UK.
A virtual meeting was also held, kick-starting the most awaited ICMR research project in Palliative Care, chaired by Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar and attended by Institution Incharge and Incharge of Palliative Care “Centres of Excellence” of 10 institutions.
These Centres of Excellence for Palliative Care services were already identified in the year 2022 and ground work was already started in these centres.
The hand holding of Palliative Care in J&K has been done by Indian Association of Palliative Care.


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