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INDIA, Rishikesh, October 29th, 2017
October Clinic

The October 29th, 2017, cancer clinic of Ganga Prem Hospice in Rishikesh saw exactly ninety patients, fifty of whom had cancer, while another two needed investigations to ascertain their diagnosis.


   
Pooja and Durgesh at registration
Pooja and Durgesh at registration
Dr Dewan with a patient
Dr Dewan with a patient
     

 

 

Eight patients were counseled after their oncological consultation, with two being considered for inpatient admission owing to their advanced cancer condition. Other patients were offered home care and support with treatment.

Breast cancer was the most common type of cancer seen with nine cases of the malignancy, this was followed by cancers of the buccal mucosa (six), tongue (five), and lung (four cases). As a category, head & neck cancers saw the most number of patients (30%).

Surgical oncologist Dr AK Dewan saw the majority of patients, and was assisted by internal medicine consultant Dr GS Vats, of Delhi. Volunteer palliative care consultant Dr Brenda Ward joined the hospice team.

 


   
Dr Vats reads a report
Dr Vats reads a report
The mortuary with THDC’s donations
Dr Brenda and Sister Priyanka console a patient
     

 

 

The clinic ran for five and a half hours, and later saw Dr AK Dewan doing a home visit to a terminally ill patient in Dehradun, fifty kilometers away, before he returned to Delhi.

Every clinic sees support coming forward for the project. A donor brought a box of mouthwash bottles, while doctors visited from Birmingham, England, having reached a large supply of medical items at the inpatient facility on the previous day. Support from the hospice’s long-time friends is also much appreciated. The neighbouring Rajasthani Mishthaan Bhandaar not only provided snacks, tea, and fruit juice for the patients and the team, but also extended the extra help of reaching buckets of water to the clinic venue as the water supply there was temporarily out of order.

 


 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, October 21st, 2017
Tibetan Homes School Students Visit GPH

Around sixty students of the Tibetan Homes School, Gohri Maphi, visited the Ganga Prem Hospice facility on October 21st to study the environment-friendly aspects of the facility.


   
The mortuary with THDC’s donations
Tibetan school children in front of GPH temple
Solar water heaters on the hospice roof.
Solar water heaters on the hospice roof
     

 

 

The tour was part of their environment project. Ganga Prem Hospice was happy to receive the unexpected visitors! Later members of the hospice staff were invited to join a sports event at the school where GPH doctors helped to distribute the prizes. The hospice hopes to strengthen the new relationship with its close neighbours. 

 


 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, October 16th, 2017
THDC India Team Visits Ganga Prem Hospice

The THDC India Ltd senior management visited the Ganga Prem Hospice facility on October 16, 2017, for a small ceremony to dedicate their recent donations to Ganga Prem Hospice.


   
The mortuary with THDC’s donations
The mortuary with THDC’s donations
 THDC director cut the ribbon
 THDC director cut the ribbon 
     

 

 

The THDC team was headed by the their Director, Mr SK Biswas, and accompanied by his wife Savita Biswas, HL Bharaj, the chief general manager, and Rajeshwar Giri, Anil Bhat, and Mr Singhal. 

The visitors were given a tour of the Hospice facility. They also met with patients and asked after their health. Gifts for the hospice were brought along by the THDC officers, which included fruits and sweets for the patients, and tree saplings for the garden. The visitors expressed their happiness with the event and their respect for the project.


   
 Planting trees at the hospice
 Planting trees at the hospice
Meeting a patient at the hospice
Meeting a patient at the hospice
 

 

INDIA, Rishikesh, October 14th, 2017
World Hospice & Palliative Care Day in Rishikesh

Ganga Prem Hospice celebrated World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday October 14th 2017 with a walk along the Ganga in Rishikesh to raise awareness of Palliative Care.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was celebrated this year in Rishikesh with a collaboration of a various institutes in the region. Thanks to the great efforts of GPH supporter, Dr Himanshu Aeran, the Director Principal of Seema Dental College & Hospital, the walkers were able to gather together at 8 am near Madhuvan Temple, Rishikesh and proceed through Muni ki Reti and Swarg Ashram chanting in 'Pain relief is our human right!' The participants also carried banners to demonstrate the importance of the issues in Palliative Care which need to be addressed.


   
the procession in Swarg Ashram
the procession in Swarg Ashram
Student carry placards
Student carry placards
     

 

 

Those walking alongside team members from Ganga Prem Hospice included a large contingency of students and doctors from Seema Dental College, students from Bharat Vidya Mandir and supporters of the hospice. Dr Sunil Saini, Director of the Cancer Research Institute represented the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, at Jolley Grant and Dr Surhekha Kishore Dean from AIIMS Hospital, Rishikesh who attended with her team. Dr Anubha Aeran from the Government was also present as were many local media reporters.


   
Dr Aeron, Dr Surekha Kishore and Dr Sunil Saini
Dr Aeron, Dr Surekha Kishore and Dr Sunil Saini
Participants with Sadhvi Bhagavati and Swami Chidananda
Participants with Sadhvi Bhagavati and Swami Chidananda
     

 

 

At the end of the walk, which attracted plenty of interest, the participants arrived at Parmarth Niketan and were delighted to be hosted by the leader of this prestigious ashram. Breakfast was gratefully eaten before attending a short talk by the ashram’ respected heads, Swami Chitananda Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji. They spoke eloquently about the importance of caring for ourselves, humanity and indeed all the planet.


 

 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, October 13th, 2017
Children’s Palliative Care Day

Ganga Prem Hospice helped raise awareness of the need for palliative care for children by taking part in a global initiative 'Hats on for Children's Palliative Care' on 13th October 2017.

Children's Palliative Care day on 13th October was celebrated at Ganga Prem Hospice with our child patient Reshu and local children, particularly those of the hospice staff. In keeping with this year's theme, 'Hats on for Children's Palliative Care', the children took part in a hat making competition. With paint, crayons and cardboard, the young children decorated crowns for themselves and Reshu chose the winning hat. Although now very disabled, Reshu herself took part in colouring with assistance from staff and was delighted with her result.


   
Outside the clinic
 
 
     

 

 

It was lovely to see the children focus so diligently on their art and pose proudly for their photos in their new hats. Elderly patient looked on in delight. The art session was followed some games in the grounds of the hospice and refreshments for everyone.  In the early evening the children, inpatients, visiting patients and staff all enjoyed chanting led by our kirtan singer volunteer Dr Monika Pathania from AIIMS Hospital, Rishikesh.

 


 

INDIA, Dehradun, October 12th, 2017
Home Care Patients’ Picnic

As part of the World Palliative Care celebrations GPH supporters at the Sai Soham Samiti in Dehradun invited GPH home care patients to a picnic.

The Samiti had organised the picnic at their home for mentally challenged children at Aamwala in Dehradun. The invitees were entertained with bhajans, the playing of tambola, refreshments and Diwali gifts. Five GPH patients attended with their family members. GPH staff and volunteers were also present.

 


 

INDIA, Dehradun, October 7th, 10th, 14th, 2017
GPH CMEs in World Palliative Care Week

A CME on “Palliative Care Emergencies” was arranged by the Swami Ram Himalayan University on the 14th October at the faculty lounge of SRHU, Dehradun. Dr Chitra Rajendran, Dr Aditi Chaturvedi and Dr Brenda Ward, all palliative care specialists form Ganga Prem Hospice were all invited to participate as panellists.

A CME was organized at the Shri Mahant Indresh Hospital on "End of Life Care" on 10th October 2017. Dr Sally Williams, Consultant Palliative Care, Adelaide Palliative Care Centre and a volunteer at the Ganga Prem Hospice was invited as the guest faculty for the same. About 60 doctors from various specialities attended the informative CME.

A CME on “Diagnosing and Caring for the Dying” was held at Subharti Medical College on the 7th October. The guest speaker was Dr Sally Williams, volunteer palliative care specialist from Ganga Prem Hospice. The 100 attendees included doctors, medical students, nursing faculty and nursing students.

 


       
  A CME on “Diagnosing and Caring for the Dying” by Dr Sally Williams, volunteer palliative care consultant at GPH, was held at AIIMS, Rishikesh on 5th October. The one hour lecture was attended by approximately 100 specialist doctors.
Staff, volunteers, patients & carers gathered for puja
 
 

 

 

INDIA, Rishikesh, October 4th, 2017
Krishna Das Concert for Ganga Prem Hospice

For more than a decade, internationally renowned kirtan artist, Krishna Das, has demonstrated his support of Ganga Prem Hospice through an annual charity concert in Rishikesh. This year the fundraiser was held on the afternoon of October 4 at Swatantarananda Ashram in the Sheesham Jhadi area. Five hundred people enjoyed the three hours of kirtan and chanting, and over 4,00,000 rupees were raised to benefit the hospice.


   
The audience wait for the concert to start
The audience wait for the concert to start
KD greets the audience
KD greets the audience
     

 

 

Although the afternoon was warm, the concert-goers began to arrive at the venue up to two hours in advance. The devoted fans, spiritual seekers and chant enthusiasts came from near and far – some traveling overnight from various parts of the country by train, car and motor-bike. Krishna Das played some of his most popular chants including Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, Bhaja Govindam, Om Namah Shivaya, He Ma Durga, and the Hanuman Chalisa, among others. He was accompanied on the tabla by Shivananda Sharma and on cymbals by Prema.


   
Outside the clinic
Volunteer punch tickets at the door
Outside the clinic
Fans gather around KD
     

 

 

In addition to the funds raised by tickets sales, Ganga Prem Hospice received many donations at the concert itself. Some of the attendees placed cash contributions in a donation box and others brought cheques to give to the hospice. In-kind support also played a huge role in the success of the event. Beginning weeks in advance, a team of volunteers made all arrangements for the concert including publicity, venue details, sound equipment, and refreshments. On the afternoon of the concert the Organic India company offered free tea samples for everyone, and hospice volunteers sold gifts and snacks. Members of GPH staff were also on hand to assist with logistics and to care for patients who were able to attend the concert, some of whom were brought to the venue in the hospice ambulances.


   
Outside the clinic
KD meets a GPH child patient
Outside the clinic
An elderly patient is helped from the ambulance
     

 

 

As in previous years, the concert was a huge fundraising success for Ganga Prem Hospice. It also helped to raise awareness about the work of GPH specifically and provided an opportunity for patients, volunteers, supporters, donors and friends to share in the joy of devotional music together.

 


 

INDIA, Rishikesh, September 24th, 2017
September Clinic

The final weekend of September was extremely wet in Rishikesh, as rain lashed the town and much of north India for two days and nights. Oncologists Dr. A.K. Dewan and Dr. S.K. Sharma travelled from Delhi and Jalandhar respectively and arrived in Rishikesh in time for the clinic despite the inclement weather.


   
Outside the clinic
Outside the clinic
Dr Rathi gives out donated Organic India supplements
Dr Rathi gives out donated Organic India supplements
     

 

 

A total of six doctors provided care and medical guidance throughout the five hour clinic. Since the clinic was a bit smaller than usual, the oncologists had the opportunity to spend a little extra time with the patients. One elderly sannyasi was afraid to have colostomy surgery as he wasn’t sure how he would cope with the change in lifestyle. Dr. Sharma suggested a course of radiation therapy in Jalandhar, and even offered to help him with his accommodations there.


   
 Dr Dewan advises the elderly sannyasi
 Dr Dewan advises the elderly sannyasi 
GPH palliative care doctors speak with patients
GPH palliative care doctors speak with patients
     

 

 

Two patients who had come to the clinic for the first time and had advanced stage cancer were offered the option to stay at the inpatient facility. Five home care patients also attended the clinic and consulted the oncologists. As many as fifteen cancer patients travelled to the Ganga Prem Hospice cancer clinic on September 24th from distant towns such as Mussoorie, Sahranpur, Roorkee, Haridwar, and Dehradun. Cancers of the breast and tongue were once again the most prevalent malignancies seen, with eleven of thirty-two cancer patients suffering from one of these two cancers.


   
Dr Dewan and Dr Sharma examine a patient’s mouth
Dr Dewan and Dr Sharma examine a patient’s mouth
Dr Sharma listens to a home care patient
Dr Sharma listens to a home care patient
     

 

 

Complementary hot tea was liberally consumed at the clinic and even the doctors found a few moments to sip tea on the verandah.

On the day before the clinic the Food &Beverage Manager from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute  traveled from Delhi to inspect the inpatient facility kitchen and train the staff in best practices.

 


 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, 17th September, 2017
Vishwakarma Puja at the Hospice

On Sunday, 17th September, Vishwakarma puja was held at the Ganga Prem Hospice inpatient facility.

Vishwakarma is a Hindu god known as the architect of the gods and he is worshipped by architects, engineers, artisans and in fact anyone who is using machinery and tools of any type. On Vishwakarma Jayanti the god is worshipped for safe and prosperous working conditions and the artisans’ tools, machinery and vehicles are also worshipped so that they may function in a smooth and safe manner.


       
  At the inpatient facility of Ganga Prem Hospice, staff, volunteers, patients and carers gathered on 17th September to worship the god as well as the various machinery, vehicles and tools in use at the hospice.
Staff, volunteers, patients & carers gathered for puja
Staff, volunteers, patients & carers gathered for puja
 
     
Vishwakarma havan
Vishwakarma havan

The puja started with detailed vedic worship of Vishwakarma which was conducted by a local pundit and carried out by Mr Mitra Prasad Pandey, the hospice supervisor, on behalf of everyone present. The vedic worship was followed by a havan (fire worship) in which everyone joined in enthusiastically.

 
     

 

 

After the main puja, which was held in the reception area, the pundit performed puja to the GPH vehicles and other staff vehicles including a bicycle which was hurriedly brought forward by the gardener’s son. The worshippers then duly did puja to the electricity panels, the water pump, the solar water heaters, the kitchen stove and the mortuary cabinet.


   
Puja of the electricity panels
Puja of the electricity panels
Puja of the kitchen stove
Puja of the kitchen stove
       
  The only patient that had not been able to attend the ceremonies was little Reshu who is paralysed so the pundit then visited her room and tied a sacred thread around her wrist and put a tilak (sacred mark) on her forehead which made her feel happy and included.
The pundit ties a sacred thread on Reshu’s wrist
The pundit ties a sacred thread on Reshu’s wrist
 
     

 

 

Sacred threads were tied on everyone’ wrists, tilaks were applied and sweets and fruit were distributed to all the attendees before the pundit was given his dakshina and every one returned to work.


 

 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, 9th September, 2017
Kirtan at the Inpatient Facility

On the Saturday, 9th September, Dr Monika from AIMS Hospital again led a kirtan and meditation session at Ganga Prem Hospice inpatient facility from 4.00pm to 5.30pm.

Chhavi came to inspect the wastewater treatment system at the Hospice which the centre designed and is now in use. The centre has been generous in featuring the Hospice system as a model of its technology. The design, as well as all subsequent consultations, have been provided free of cost.


   
Chhavi explains improvements for the water storage tank
 
GPH engineer takes notes
 
     

 

 

The kirtan was attended by the Hospice staff, volunteers and homecare patients with their families. Dr Monika led the kirtan by singing and playing on a dolak while an Australian sadhvi from a Haridwar ashram also attended and accompanied Dr Monica on the harmonium. Members of the staff contributed by singing local bhajans and kirtan and clapping along with the music. After the singing Dr Monika led mantra chanting, pranayama and meditation.

All the attendees much enjoyed the event which was followed by refreshments of fruit, toasted sandwiches, chai and sweet dishes.

 


 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, 6th September, 2017
CSE Visit to the Hospice

Ganga Prem Hospice was happy to welcome Chhavi Sharda, research associate with the esteemed Centre for Science and Environment (CSE,) Delhi to the inpatient facility on the 6th of September.

Chhavi came to inspect the wastewater treatment system at the Hospice which the centre designed and is now in use. The centre has been generous in featuring the Hospice system as a model of its technology. The design, as well as all subsequent consultations, have been provided free of cost.


   
Chhavi explains improvements for the water storage tank
Chhavi explains improvements for the water storage tank
GPH engineer takes notes
GPH engineer takes notes
     

 

 

The DEWATS system allows all wastewater generated within the Hospice facility to be treated using natural technology and converted into fit-for-horticulture water. Chhavi carefully inspected each phase of the system giving advice on how to improve the efficiency and output. A GPH engineer made detailed notes so that all the improvements could be implemented correctly.

Chhavi was taken on a tour of the whole building and expressed her delight at how beautifully the architectural dream had been realised. She was particularly happy with the many environmentally friendly aspects which have been incorporated into the construction and operation of the facility. Before leaving, Chhavi provided valuable information on how to keep the ornamental lotus ponds in front of the facility free from mosquitoes. She explained that a certain type of fish is essential to complete the natural cycle of life in these ponds.




 
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