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Calling all social entrepreneurs

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3671 (Published 30 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3671

Unless oil is poured in, a lamp can't sustain a flame for long with oxygen alone

The problem of geriatric care needs to be handled logically, skilfully and efficiently before the problem assumes gigantic proportions. This issue is a common one to be passed through and experienced by most of us. A myopic attitude to its handling would be disastrous. Holistic approach with compassion is easier said than done. Nobody can endure standing on ice for long with warm words. It needs a dedicated team of significantly huge proportions to handle the glaring issue of increasing proportion.

Not only extra effort is needed but tender care and a scientifically driven solution approach with programmes to prevent burn out. A more human and practical approach with reward based encouragement could do the trick. Amalgamation of social organisations that are willing to volunteer selflessly is required in this serious situation where soft human skills are required. In addition, a vigilant caring service needs to be backed with huge financial support by government.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 September 2018
Jitendra Mishra
specialist internist
AL Ahli hospital, Doha, Qatar