The meeting will be opened by the Minister of Health, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, and the key note speaker will be professor Richard Harding from the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College, London. Palliative care improves the high quality of life for individuals (adults and youngsters) and their households who are facing the challenges related with life-threatening illnesses. It prevents and relieves suffering, by means of appropriate assessment of discomfort and other issues and enables individuals and households to sustain the very best high quality of life, what ever the diagnosis, by supplying specialist sensible care along with emotional assistance.
In Oman, palliative care is nevertheless in its infancy and consequently several acute hospital beds are blocked by individuals who would advantage from this specialised kind of care with its several benefits. Unblocking pricey acute beds in hospitals in the sultanate would enable them to function much more efficiently and be much more expense successful while at the exact same time enhancing the high quality of life for palliative care individuals.
Oman Cancer Association has not too long ago funded the instruction of 180 nurses for palliative care in the neighborhood which enables individuals to be cared for in their personal properties and much more instruction is planned. The Oncology Department at The Royal Hospital is spearheading this neighborhood-care strategy.
A Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre is becoming constructed at Sultan Qaboos University funded by Royal Court Affairs and this project will also incorporate palliative care. There are also some private sector initiatives in rehabilitation moving towards palliative care, specifically for the stroke and accident victims. Private Public Partnership (PPP) will be the probably model for the establishment of other palliative care facilities. In 2020, Oman will host an International World Oncology Conference at the new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. With all these initiatives, the time is proper to introduce palliative care all through Oman.
Palliative care is usually related with terminal cancer but there are several other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular illness, respiratory illness, and so forth exactly where such care is required.
Information Source: Muscat Daily