Mysuru, October 14:- Sundar Raj is a 72-year-old person who grabs everyone’s attention as he comes riding a classic bullet bike at that age. But this was not the way he was a few years ago as he was suffering from cancer in his 4th stage. His health condition was so bad that he could hardly walk or eat anything and his wife held his hand and supported him to move across. Life was almost at an end with no hope. Sundar Raj was referred to SVYM’s Palliative Care programme 2 years ago and the team visited him regularly and gave him necessary care and support he needed which has helped him to recover tremendously.
Sundar Raj is a champion demonstrating “My Care, My Right,” the theme entitled for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day for the year 2019.
October 12 is observed as World Hospice and Palliative Care Day across the globe and this year’s theme is Palliative Care: It’s “My Care, My Right.”
Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement’s (SVYM) Palliative Care Programme had organised a rally to create awareness about the need for palliative care. The event was flagged off by Dr B Basavaraj, district surgeon, ED Hospital.
Nearly 200 individuals participated in the event with students from MMC&RI, Nataraja Nursing School, Mahajana College, Sheshadripuram College, Vidya Vikas College and staff from ED Hospital and WPHCP also participated in the rally. The stage event was organised at Kuvempu Sabhangana in PKTB campus.
Dr R Srinivasa Murthy, former professor of psychiatry at NIMHANS, Bengaluru, one of the chief guests, said that being humane is the essence for reducing the sufferings of the people with a life-limiting illness.
Dr Virupaksha, Medical Superintendent, PKTB and CD Hospital, another guest of honour, present in the event consistently supports SVYM’s palliative care programme ever since its collaboration with MMC&RI in setting up the 16-bedded Palliative Care Centre in PKTB campus.
Ramakrishna Mudre, the Director of SVYM’s Palliative Care, said that palliative care is one of the best examples of “Shiva Jnane Jeeva Seva” that is ‘serving God in man’ which is one of the important spiritual aspects to be experienced through palliative care.
Dr Kumar G S, CEO of SVYM, gave a call to all the youngsters and the participants not to just listen and go back to our daily routine but to commit ourselves invest in a healthy lifestyle and to create awareness about Palliative Care and provide a platform for the individuals from the marginalised community. (MR)