‘Sri Satya Sai Palliative Care Centre’ inaugurated at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, on 12th July, 2022
A new palliative care centre, Sri Satya Sai Palliative Care Centre, was inaugurated at Puttaparthi on Tuesday, 12th July, 2022, by the Collector, Sri Sathya Sai District, Andhra Pradesh.
The centre is being set up by the Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society (PRPCS), Hyderabad, in collaboration with The Government of Andhra Pradesh, United Care Development Services (UCDS) and the Sri Satya Sai Central Trust. A team consisting of 1 Doctor and 5 Nurses underwent 4 weeks of intense training at the MNJ Institute of Oncology and the PRPCS, Hyderabad. The centre will provide all services free of charge to patients.
Presently, the Centre is located in a temporary building and can accommodate 8 -10 in-patients, with home care and out-patients services also being offered to cater to the needs of patients in Sri Sathya Sai district.
The Collector, Sri Sathya Sai District and the Sri Satya Sai Central Trust are in the process of identifying a more suitable, a larger, and a permanent premise to set up a 30 bedded hospice in the future. The team is also considering locating the permanent premises within the campus of the Satya Sai Multi Speciality Hospital.
This Centre will also cater to patients from various parts of the country who will be identified by the Satya Sai volunteer network especially from the Eastern region where the network is very active.
The Collector, Sri Sathya Sai District, has instructed the District Medical Officials to get actively involved in the functioning of the Centre so as to integrate palliative care services offered by the Centre into the District’s Health Care Delivery system. All cadres of staff, right from the ASHA workers to the PHC doctors and nurses have been sensitised to identify patients requiring palliative care and for appropriate referral to the program.
The day-to-day functioning of the Centre is being done by PRPCS. The operational expenditure for the running of the Centre will be raised by PRPCS and its partner organization, UCDS. The large network of Satya Sai volunteers spread over India and abroad are also taking interest to support with medical care and volunteering.
In due course, the team aims to make this Centre as one of the best nodal palliative care centre from the region.
This setting up of this Centre was actively supported by Sri Gunaranjan, Director, UCDS and Alumni of Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Puttaparthi.