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CMC chief doc retires



Chief Medical Officer of Health, Colombo Municipal Council, Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam, retired from government service on Tuesday after serving the city for 26 years.


An old boy of Royal College he won the only medical scholarship offered by the Soviet Union to the Government of Sri Lanka and studied at the prestigious Russian State Medical University in Moscow and graduated in 1984. He then underwent specialised postgraduate training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Moscow.


Dr. Kariyawasam joined the Colombo Municipal Council in 1988 as an Assistant Medical Officer of Health and rose to become the Chief Medical Officer of Health in the year 2000. He was instrumental in making Colombo polio free by organising a house to house vaccination campaign. He was awarded the title ‘Exceptional Professional’ by the Rotary Clubs of Sri Lanka for the remarkable leadership qualities shown during that programme. He won Sri Lanka’s first International Green Apple Gold Award at the House of Commons in 2003 for his Green star programme to create environmental friendly homes to prevent dengue outbreaks.


 He took steps to improve Food hygiene standards in hotels and restaurants, launch the Healthy Schools project and implement the UNCHS’ Sustainable Cities programme.


In 2004 he led a team of doctors and firefighters to the tsunami devastated Matara to run medical clinics and clean the wells filled with sea water. He excelled in disease control especially the cholera and dengue outbreaks and in 2010 he was invited to chair the Regional Dengue and Chikungunya meeting in Thailand. He was the President of Overseas Qualified Medical Graduates Association from 1988-1998 and obtained government employment for more than 2,000 foreign qualified graduates during that period.


Dr. Kariyawasam was the secretary and later the President of the Association of Sri Lankan Graduates from Socialist Countries and Secretary and currently a Senior Vice-President of the Sri Lanka-Russia Friendship Society.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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