The Palliative Care Association of Tiruchi was inaugurated in Trichy on Sunday. The association plans to open a day care centre and hospice offering free palliative care for patients with degenerative illness in Trichy. The centre would cover patients with chronic ailments including HIV/AIDS, cancer, renal failure, and neurotic and psychiatric disorders. Resources would be raised locally and free medicines will be distributed. The district administration will help find a suitable location for this center.
The association was conducting contact classes for doctors and paramedical staff for a two-month-long training programme conducted by the Indian Association of Palliative Care. It would also offer short-term courses for volunteers from the city to assess and identify patients at different localities.