Covid-19 Complicates the Tasks of Cancer Patient Assistants

Covid-19 Complicates the Tasks of Cancer Patient Assistants

Jakarta, YKPI – Covid-19 pandemic has hampered the process of assisting cancer patients, said Ning Anhar, coordinator for breast cancer patient assistance training by the Indonesia Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI).

Even certified companion training, which is usually held regularly every year, should be canceled for a while as part of the effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“We have not been able to carry out the recertification that should be held for alumni who have been giving the assistance for three years,” said Ning during the gathering of alumni of breast cancer assistant training batch I-V recently. “Current condition makes it very difficult for assistants to provide assistance to breast cancer patients in hospitals and homes,” Ning continued.

However, despite the difficulties so that they are forced to give virtual assistance, Ning said that a number of training alumni continued to assist cancer patients, while still implementing strict health protocols. “We must give appreciation to our assistants who keep providing assistance to patients under the Covid-19 condition,” said Ning.

In her remarks, Ning also talked about palliative care which is in line with the task of breast cancer patient assistants. She emphasized that palliative care is beneficial for achieving a comfortable quality of life for cancer patients and their families, as well as obtaining a dignified end of life.

“This palliative care aims to reduce patient’s suffering and provide support both for the patients and families who experience physical difficulties, psychological symptoms, social and spiritual difficulties,” said Ning. “Palliative care is also a necessity and a human right for people with diseases that are difficult to cure, or in an advanced stage,” Ning concluded.

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