Service enhancement training for local healthcare professionals



By Don Asoka Wijewardena   


The Singapore Temasek Foundation yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sri Lankan government to introduce a three-year training programme in collaboration with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health and the University of Colombo.


The principal aim of the project was to enhance the quality of Healthcare Education at a national level through the training of local healthcare professionals, Governor of the Singapore International Foundation K. Kesavapany said, at the event held at the Colombo Medical Faculty auditorium yesterday (2).


He said that the training programme was primarily sponsored by Temasek Foundation with a grant of a huge sum alongside contributions by other partners. It would be designed, customised and implemented by 16 specialist volunteers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the National University hospital (NUH), a tertiary hospital and the principal teaching hospital for the NUS faculties of medicine and dentistry, and SingHealth, the largest healthcare group in Singapore.


Kesavapany pointed out that the Singapore specialists would train 210 medical, nursing and allied health educators and practitioners from Sri Lanka’s MOH and Colombo University’s faculty of medicine. The key thrust of the programme was to enhance the knowledge, resources and confidence of those health educators and practitioners and to drive national level education that would translate into long-term improvements in the quality of public healthcare in Sri Lanka.


Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that it was a project with many exceptional partners and he was pleased that the biggest winners would be everyday Sri Lankans who would benefit from enhanced standards in public healthcare. Those indirectly impacted by the programme would also number in the thousands annually.


Colombo University Vice Chancellor Dr. W. K. Hirimburegama said that the strength of enhancing healthcare education in Sri Lanka would lie in its holistic nature, where the entire ecosystem of healthcare education was paid attention to. As an healthcare educator, he was acutely aware of how closely medical practice and medical education went hand in hand. One was dependent on the other and they acted to reinforce each other, ultimately resulting in greater impact, he said.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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