The head of the Ministry of Health of Mexico City (Sedesa), Armando Ahued Ortega, considered essential building a culture in palliative care in Mexico City; where an interdisciplinary group of physicians are trained to offer a comprehensive support to patients facing the terminal stage of a chronic-degenerative disease, as well as their family members.
While leading the closing ceremony of the “Basic Course in Palliative Care”, directed to first and second attention level health care professionals at Mexico City’s hospital network, Mexico City’s Minister of health urged participants to replicate the knowledge gained among colleagues, patients and families.
He added that continuity will be given to the training and updating courses in palliative care for those involved in medical care of patients passing through the terminal stage of a chronic disease; reinforcing the quality of medical services offered in the capital’s health network.
The course was intended for medical professionals such as nurses, psychologists, social workers and assistants; working at health centres and hospitals in the 16 health districts of Mexico City; as well as the people in the areas of Home Health Care, Legal Medicine and the Sedesa’s Call Centre for Distance Medicine.
Among the issues discussed during the seven sessions course (a total of 180 hours) highlight the teaching of crisis intervention techniques, general health law, terminal stage patients’ rights, obligation of health institutes and personnel providing palliative care and support skills for patients and caregivers.
The event was attended by Franciso Osuna Sanchez, Executive Director of Public Health Services of Mexico City; Antonio Fraga Mouret, Sedesa’s Education and Research Director; Ferninand Recio, Thanatology Certified and Responsible of the Palliative Care Programme; and Cristina Lopez Pedraza, Palliative Care Basic Course Lecturer.