Prof. Eric Krakauer from the Harvard Medical School speaking on palliative care at the Saint Paul General Hospital today in Hà Nội.— VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Prof. Eric Krakauer from the Harvard Medical School in Hà Nội yesterday imparted training through lectures to doctors from hospitals in Hà Nội on palliative care measures and models.
“Palliative care is one of the indispensable measures in patient care, especially for those with cancer and HIV/AIDS in the advanced stages. It aims to improve treatment and life quality of patients in hospitals and in the community,” Krakauer said at the training course in the Saint Paul General Hospital.
Krakauer said that about ten per cent of patients in low-income countries received pain management with morphine due to financial problems. Besides morphine, many low-cost palliative care measures could be used for patients, especially the poor.
The event was a chance for participants to exchange experiences and update themselves with the latest techniques in pain management in a move to establish a palliative care unit in the near future that meets international standards.
The event was organised under the framework of a co-operation programme between the Ministry of Health, the Central Geriatrics Hospital and the Harvard Medical School.
It aims to improve treatment quality and expand pain management systems in the city and in Việt Nam in the coming years. — VNS