Shaheen Palliative Care project for better health care of patients and families in Pakistan launched

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LONDON, Dec 08 (APP):Shaheen Palliative Care project for providing better health services to patients in Pakistan and their families was launched at High Commission London the
other day.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to United Kingdom (UK) Mohammad Nafees Zakaria
who was the chief guest on the occasion launched the Shaheen Palliative Care
Project aimed at providing improved and better health services to the suffering
humanity in the country.

British Pakistani community, British doctors, health care specialists and doctors especially in Palliative care, staff of the High Commission and UK based Pakistani media attended the event.

The launching ceremony was organized by Shaheen Palliative Care (UK) in collaboration with Pakistan High Commission.

Besides Pakistan’s High Commissioner to United Kingdom Mohammad Nafees Zakaria ,the event was addressed among others by Nureen Khan, Dr.Amjad Iqbal, Dr,Sadaf Mudassar, Dr.Sobia Butt, Dr.Arshad Javed and Dr.Qamar Abbass.

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with a life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Speaking on the occasion Mohammad Nafees Zakaria appreciated the team of Shaheen Palliative Care Project for Pakistan and assured his support for the launch of the project in Pakistan.

He said Shaheen Palliative Care project was pursuing a noble cause for the treatment and care of the most deserving patients and their families in the country.

He called for creating awareness among people about the importance of Palliative care for needy patients and their families in Pakistan.

He said Pakistan High Commission would provide them a platform in this regard.

Nafees Zakaria also appreciated the British Pakistanis and other organizations
who were providing better services in the fields especially in Health and Education
sectors in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion Noureen Khan thanked Pakistan High Commission for
providing a platform for the initiations of the Shaheen Palliative care project in
Pakistan.

She said that the vision of Shaheen Palliative care was improving the quality of life for people and families with a terminal illness.

She called upon the people to support this project to help the needy people in Pakistan.

Dr. Sobia Bilal in her remarks on the occasion said that there was a great need  for Palliative care in Pakistan but observed that there was no proper facility available in this filed in the country.

She also highlighted Shaheen Palliative care project has started interventions in one year back at Khyber Medical University Peshawar with the start of training workshops and certificate courses in Pakistan.

She said her organization has also signed MOUs with the university in this regard for promotion of palliative care sector in Pakistan.

Dr.Arshad Javed in his remarks said Shaheen Palliative Care wanted to introduce this new initiative through-out Pakistan.

Dr.Qamad Abbas in his speech said Shaheen Palliative care project has been formed to address the need of Palliative care in Pakistan.

He said for life-threatening illnesses, Shaheen Palliative care mission was to develop and provide a palliative care service and training programs in Pakistan, to provide a better life for patients and their families living with terminal illness through physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social support.

Explaining the future long and short term goals of Shaheen Palliative Care in Pakistan, he said that the organization would closely work with federal and provincial governments to improve the availability of palliative care medicines in hospitals.

He said it would also work with palliative care hospitals and community services in Pakistan to establish hospital based units and community palliative services within the existing infrastructure and settings.

On mid-term goals, he said that Shaheen Palliative care plans to work improving palliative care awareness through TV/Radio shows, social media, seminars,cofee mornings for patients and families.

He added that they would also develop and provide regular palliative care
training programmes for doctors and nurses through short courses, workshops and
certifications in the country.