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Praill who is from Bratain said in Britain palliative care is considered as a medical issue while in Kerala it is as a social issue

David Praill, Co-chair, Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and CEO of Help the Hospices and Dr Cecitia Sepulveda, WHO Cancer and Palliative Care Head attest Kerala model palliative care involving community to give a homely feeling to the sufferers as superb and not witnessed even in the developed world.

They were in Kerala for the International Workshop on ‘Public Health Approach in Palliative Care – Sharing Kerala’s Experience.

Praill who is from Bratain said in Britain palliative care is considered as a medical issue while in Kerala it is as a social issue. He added, Kerala is guiding them though they started palliative care many years back in 1967 whereas Kerala’s entry to the field was much later. He further added Kerala’s involvement is deep rooted and wide. Financial, psychological, social and spiritual needs attended by various agencies deserve commentation and the services reach out to 70 percent of the needy, he adds.

According to Dr Cecilia, it is not a small thing that Kerala could involve people from various spheres such as medical disciplines, social groups, social instiutions and different religions to establish a brightening result in the field of palliative care.

Representatives from England, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Thailand, Seychells, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and from different States of India participated in the workshop.

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