PGIM blamed for lack of docs trained in sports, aviation, marine occupational medicine

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Health Sector in Sri Lanka had failed to train an adequate number of doctors in Sports, Aviation, Marine and Occupational Medicine, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) charged yesterday.

GMOA President Anuraddha Padeniya pointed out that Sri Lanka was badly in need of trained doctors in toxicology as chemical-related accidents were taking a heavy toll on people. On a request made by the GMOA to Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, he had instructed Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka to instruct the Post-Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) to commence MD in sports medicine as a matter of great urgency, because sports-related accidents as well as deaths were being reported from all over the country.

Dr. Padeniya added that the GMOA was disappointed at the alleged mal-administration of the PGIM as it had failed to commence MD in sports medicine for the last nine years.

If the PGIM did not respond to the Health Secretary’s request, Sri Lankan doctors would be sent to the United Kingdom or to Australia to be trained in sports medicine, the GMOA said.

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