The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

Royal couple's visit set to be a boost for palliative care in Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Prince William and wife Kate Middleton's upcoming visit is set to shine a long overdue spotlight on the relatively unknown area of palliative care in Malaysia.

The Duchess of Cambridge, now known as Catherine, will make her first public speech outside the United Kingdom at Hospis Malaysia, the country's largest palliative care centre.

Palliative care focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of all patients while hospice care is usually for dying patients.

Hospis Malaysia chief executive officer-medical director Dr Ednin Hamzah said Catherine's speech would be a "very significant" affirmation about the importance of palliative care.