Health Minister kick starts 27-year-old Act

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena appointed an Advisory Council yesterday to monitor and amend the provisions of the 27-year-old, the Transplant of Human Tissue and Organ Act Because it had not been implemented for the last 27 years without an Advisory Council, the Ministry said.

The Health Ministry spokesman said that medical science had entered new vistas in human organ transplant in fairly recent times. Sri Lanka’s corneal, kidney and liver transplants performed on the patients had brought credit to the medical profession. A few years ago, due to the non-availability of required training and state-of-the-art medical equipment Sri Lanka was lagging behind the advanced countries.

He pointed out that the principal goal of appointing the Advisory Council for the Act was to constantly monitor the activities involved in the transplant surgery. The Council would also be responsible for amending the provisions of the Act with the incorporation of necessary provision to update it.

The Chairman of the Advisory Council is the Director General of Health Services. The Executive Committee comprises Prof. Mandika Wijeratne, Prof. Vajira Dissanayaka, Consultant Neurologist Dr. Ms. Padma Gunaratne, Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr. Charith Fonseka, Dr. Chula Herath, Dr.A. L. M. Nazar, Dr. Ms. Sandya Seneviratne, Dr. H. S. Rajamanthri, Dr. Udani Silva, Dr Jagath Herath and Dr. Charitha Fernando.

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