Amitha Malagala – Administrative Secretary

“I’ve been working here for 2 years as an Administrative Secretary. Our work starts at 5.30AM but the nursing staff work 24Hrs a day. We provide accommodation, medicines, medical tests and 4 meals a day to the patients. Some patients want the taste of their homes so if they have any special meal requests we try to accommodate those as well. The doctors of Apeksha Hospital refer patients to us frequently as they are confident of the care we provide on a daily basis. I feel that this is not only a job but a social service as well.

My message to this public is that this place runs on charitable donations. As such I would urge them to take this opportunity to support us by any means possible in order to help these patients recover and get back to their families and daily lives.”

M.D. Geethakanthi – Nurse

“My name is M.D. Geethakanthi, I’ve been working here for 7 years. Though there are set times since this is a Hospice, we work far beyond the set working times but we don’t feel it, the mental satisfaction we get far outweighs the salary. This environment seems to be a place between life and death, the patient you are talking to now could have passed away in the next hour. All our patients are referred to us from the Apeksha hospital, for palliative care. The cancer patients who come to us are both physically weak and mentally downcast. Our role is to lift them up. We are very sensitive to their feelings we treat them as we would our parents. As a palliative nurse I have to say I feel honoured to do this profession at this place since our patients are terminal and we have to make them as comfortable as possible. And even patients are very close to us, if we go home, they wait till we return. Our electricity and water bills, the medicines for patients, the equipment, the staff wages, the food items are all funded by donations. I would kindly ask everyone to donate or volunteer at the Shanthi Sevana Hospice, and in helping us to care for these patients, you are doing an act of charity which will earn you much good merit.”