cuidados-paliativos-congresoOn the International Congress on Care at the End of Life, Guanajuato’s Health Minister Francisco Ortiz Aldana said that due to the alarming increase in chronic degenerative diseases causing disability and various ailments, it is essential strengthening knowledge and training on palliative care for both health personnel and persons responsible for patients. The event brought together health sector specialists, who analyzed case studies and legal aspects relating to the subject.

The Minister mentioned the activities needed to ensure a worthy palliative care, such as emphasizing interdisciplinary work between medical staff, provision of pain-killers and support to family members plus guidance on how to care for a terminal patient.

Anibal Hernandez, the congress organizer, spoke about the importance of guaranteeing the patients a comprehensive care once they are in terminal stage. This compromise has led to an increase of over 75 percent in psychology and psychiatry staff only in Guanajuato, in order to guide and assist terminal patients and their families.

He said that to ensure quality care, technological tools like telemedicine are being used. Telemedicine is a tool with which health personnel is being continuously trained in the area of palliative care is also made.

Hernandez also said that this international event represented a meeting point for the exchange of successful experiences in palliative care.

Gabriela Ortiz Razo Alejandre, president of the Linking Committee, Boards and Volunteering at the Ministry of Health of Guanajuato, conducted the keynote lecture “Volunteerism and Palliative Care”, where she presented the Manual of Procedures for Volunteer Groups. The material was developed for Guanajuato and includes how to train volunteer members, so they can offer patients, or their family members, craft workshops, laughter therapy and music therapy.

She also said that during the last two years of the current state administration, 60 groups have joined more than 500 volunteering works that provide support to families of patients in different hospitals in 33 municipalities.

Through: Secretaría de Salud, (Mexico’s Ministry of Health)