SL can become medical tourism hub – SLMA


The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) said Sri Lanka holds vast potential in medical tourism, as the country has modern hospitals with internationally accredited health services and adequate human resources.

This was said at a discussion held with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo on 28 June, regarding assistance that can be given by the SLMA in developing a strategic programme to address issues affecting the health sector.

A road accident occurs every 10 minutes in the country. Approximately 3,000 people die in road crashes each year, on average 8 people lose their lives every day. Many more become permanently inactive. SLMA President, Professor Samath Dharmawardena said a formal programme is needed to rectify this longstanding problem.

Different institutions take different measures to improve road safety. All of these agencies must work together to make policy decisions based on accurate data. The SLMA pointed out the need to set up a Presidential Task Force to make recommendations in this regard.

A number of issues were discussed at the meeting, including the need for essential medicines, medical equipment, laboratory chemicals, and the prevention of nutritional deficiencies in society.

Secretary to the President, Gamini Senarath, President’s Chief of Staff Anura Dissanayake, IGP C.D. Wickramaratne, and Vice President of the Medical Council Dr. Susantha Perera were present at the meeting.