Innocent lives lost in India due to unrelieved pain

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The 2 June edition of The Times of India reports on the death of nine-year-old Karthik at the hands of his parents while in a hospital at Kanhangad in Kasaragod district, where the boy had been undergoing treatment. His parents then killed themselves.

A post related to this news story on the Pallium India website asks these four haunting questions: 

  • Will someone stop to think: why was the child in unrelieved pain? 
  • Did he have access to pain relief? 
  • Was the child offered palliative care?
  • Did the place have access to oral morphine which is in India’s essential medicine list?

Read more on the International Children’s edition of ehospice

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