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Hospice Philippines lauded Gov. Alvarado
Friday, 04 November 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- Hospice Philippines President Atty. Asuncion Kalalo commended the efforts of the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB), headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, for the opening of of the Palliative Care Unit in Bulacan Medical Center (BMC) yesterday in this city.

“Kauna-unahan sa Pilipinas na sinuportahan ng gobernador at ng lokal na pamahalaan ang pagkakaroon ng isang hospice care sa lalawigan. So hopefully, gayahin ng ibang lalawigan ang efforts ni Governor Alvarado at ng iba pang
namumuno sa Bulacan,” Atty. Kalalo said.

With the help of PALCARE Hospice Foundation Inc., the Palliative Care Unit is now located at the 3rd floor of BMC and will serve the out-patient cancer patients who are beyond cure but in need of palliative care for better quality of life.

The said palliative care unit will provide services like home visits which offer companionship, spiritual and family counseling, bedside care, management of pain and other distressing symptoms and medical assistance such as lending of medical equipment, consultations, blood donation for cancer patients and provision of medicines.

Among the patients that may be referred to PALCARE are those with advanced cancer with mestasis to the bones, lungs, bladder, etc; needing relief from distressing symptom and complication of cancer; patients that need support to help them live as actively as possible; and those whose families need support system during the patients’ illness.

According to PALCARE Hospice Foundation Inc. Executive Director Josie Nubla, the requirements that are needed to be submitted to avail the services are referral letter from Barangay Captain and Barangay Certificate of Indigency; referral from Palcare partner organizations; treatment protocol; pathology reports and other lab works such as MRI, ultra-sound, CT scan, etc.

She also assured that indigent cancer patients will be well taken care of with a complete medical staff that will attend to them.

“May isang hospice nurse, apat (4) na registered volunteer nurses, at isang hospice administrator ang titingin sa ating mga out-patient cancer patients. Twice a week, an out-patient doctor will check the patients,” added Nubla.

Moreover, palliative care guest doctors Dr. Jan Maree Davis, Director of Palliative Care Service of St. George Hospital and Palliative Care Department Head of Concord Hospital Dr. Ghauri Aggarwal gave an overview regarding palliative care.###

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