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Palliative care in Mongolia helps terminally ill to die with grace



it's a cold wet day and woolen bought our suburbs but these doctors have patients to visit come rain or shine two years ago 61 year old chillin sets egg was diagnosed with late stage urethral cancer she was prescribed an oral dose of an opiate based painkiller tramadol but it wasn't enough to ease the pain since I'm a really stubborn person and act impulsively who when the pain became unbearable I injected myself with tramadol after that I was put in morphine today with a daily dose of morphine pills and visiting doctors children said SEC says she can look forward to the next day this is an example of palliative care in action it focuses on relieving pain and helping improve the quality of life for patients with life-threatening diseases in 2006 Mongolia became one of the few developing countries in the world to include such K in its national health law much of it is thanks to the work of one woman who spent years fighting for the terminally ill it is human rights to receive treatment even in incurable stage of disease to be not suffer from pain and it's human right to receive psychological support today patients can access opiate based painkillers under medical supervision all covered by national health insurance and strictly monitored under international drug laws every district hospital also has a palliative care ward it's been a little over a decade since Mongolia became one of the few developing countries in the world where state-sponsored care for terminally ill patients became a part of the National Health Service a huge achievement but advocates say safeguarding destroyed is a never ending task palliative care was twice scrapped on revisions of the national health law by newly elected governments and reinstated only after advocate stepped in Mongolia has one of the world's highest cancer mortality rates more than 80% of cancers are detected late to reduce the burden of cancer we are trying to detect cancer in the early stage and prevent those cancers he says palliative care is now firmly rooted in Mongolia as health care laws but services are underfunded and patients who can't travel to public hospitals depend on charity organizations and doctors working overtime for whom visits good people in Europe besides the patient the family relatives they all share the pain I'm happy to give them some comfort it's this next generation of young doctors that dr. Aden thuja hopes will carry on the motor of Mongolia's palliative care society life begins with love and should end with love Polly Jacob al-jazeera Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Glenn Chapman

5 Comments

  1. Whoever disliked this may be blessed with a long painful death… just sayin..

  2. Allowing weed cultivation would also help terminally ill people help themselves. It can work for different types of pain, lack of appetite, etc. and you can cultivate in your own house so it's cost-free for the gov't, it could help decrease the need for prescription pain-killers.

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