Read the full article in ‘The Conversation’ here

From the article: “The World Health Assembly urged countries in 2014 to include palliative care into their health systems. Its resolution called for equitable services, available to everyone who needs them. Palliative care encompasses the support system for patients and their families when they face life-threatening illnesses. It aims to improve quality of life, relieve pain, and help people cope with death. Palliative care is essential because it gives patients a choice in deciding how their pain and symptoms will be managed. Second, it ensures that patients enjoy the highest quality of life that is practically possible in the circumstances. Because of the increasing care required as a patient’s condition advances to the terminal stage, palliative care is a team approach. It includes nurses, doctors, social workers, volunteers, faith leaders and other health care professionals in supporting the care and well-being of patients and their families. People are living longer than before because of advances in medical technology that makes the sick survive longer. The downside is that a longer life span increases the chance of a person experiencing illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, and this, in turn, increases the need for palliative care.”

Article reference: Salifu, Y. 2020. Ghana needs a better policy to guide care for cancer patients. The Conversation.