KTR Lays Foundation Stone For Palliative Care Centre In Hyderabad:- KT Rama Rao, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development laid the foundation stone today for a 50-bedded palliative care centre at Khajaguda, Hyderabad.
Allotted by the State government on a 33 years lease, the new palliative care centre by Sparsh Hospice will come up on a one acre site. An initiative of Rotary Club of Banjara Hills, Sparsh Hospice aims to expand and set up 50 bedded hospice for free service for the terminally ill cancer patients, in the allocated land.
The persuasive spirit of the Board of Trustees of Sparsh Hospice in pursuing for the land allocation for the construction of the hospital, was appreciated by Mr. KTR. He further said that the centre will help thousands of cancer patients in their last stage.
Mr. Rao, on the delay in allocation of land said “the officials consider us as guest artists. Many believe that we are in power only five years while they continue to remain in office till their retirement, so the process of several projects get delayed”.
Earlier the government’s intervention to ease out the stringent rules laid down in usage of Narcotic Drugs in Cancer Pain Management and the permission or using drugs such as Fentanyl Patches, which reduce body pain for 72 hours was sought by Founder and Chairman of Shantha Biotechnics, Vara Prasad Reddy.
“It has been taking months for the medicine to reach to the patients because of such stringent rules. Though the companies are able to manufacture pain management drugs with the help of the modern technology, they are unable to reach the patients in time. And they are dying due to pain,” said Vara Prasad Reddy.
The Minister responding to the Chairman’s request, assured his support in this regard and said “I will stand by you to help the government change the law.” Towards the construction of the new facility, Mr. Reddy later donated Rs 1 crore. The new facility is estimated to cost around Rs 7 crore. To mark the occasion, Ranga Reddy District Collector Raghunandan Rao and others were present.