This two-day conference was the first of its kind in the northeast region of India and acted as a big advocate to ignite palliative care awareness in Manipur state.
Invited speakers travelled from various parts of India such as Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Nagaland, as well as from the UK, Bangladesh, and Thailand.
Delegates came from all palliative care disciplines, including doctors, nurses, medical students and volunteers.
At the inaugural function, Chief Minister Shri. O. Ibobi Singh expressed his gratitude to all of the delegates and those who came from other countries to share their expertise.
He also emphasised the growing need and the importance of palliative care, and noted that he is looking forward to further supporting this cause.
The conference was comprised of various sessions which covered the current global and regional situation, symptom management, and communication skills among others.
On the first day, the conference began with a presentation of the concept of palliative care by Dr Suresh Kumar, technical advisor of Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), Kerala. It moved on with a review of the current situation in North East India by Dr Jugindra S., the secretary of Palliative Care Society, Imphal (PCSI).
On the second day, delegates heard the voices of student volunteers, from both Kerala and Manipur, regarding their involvement in palliative care and how this has changed them and others.
Doctors from other states and countries also shared their insights about challenges they faced, the present situation, and the future plans they wish to achieve.
Palliative care had been introduced into the state by PCSI since last year. So far, the society has been growing exponentially. More and more doctors and medical students are joining the society as volunteers to provide a better care for people with palliative care needs.
The 2nd Pallicon, is planned to be held in 2017.
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