14th March 2020 16:05:36 Hours
The inauguration of annual academic sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Military Medicine (SLCOMM) took place on Friday (13) evening at Eagles Lakeside Hotel at Attidiya, Dehiwala in the presence of a large gathering of medical consultants, professionals and military medicine experts.
Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary Defence as the Chief Guest for the inauguration participated in the opening session with Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Navy and Air Force Commanders, distinguished guests and other invitees.
The sessions that would go on till Sunday (15) afternoon covering topical subjects, such as Combat Medicine, Diving and Hyperbolic Medicine, Aviation Medicine and Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) are expected to touch on general medical principles, related to snake bites, nerve injuries, malignancies, etc. Both local and foreign participants during sessions are expected to share their expertise on common ailments, viruses, looming medical threats, updates on the fields, pathological aspects, curative aspects, etc.
Ample opportunities for researches to present scientific papers in the form of abstracts for the sessions have also been opened, identical to previous sessions, and the organizers look forward to accommodating non medical topics as well in order to widen the scope of knowledge of the participants on our surroundings.
These academic sessions would also touch on tri service (Army, Navy, Air Force) dimensions of military medicine, including Combat Medicine, Underwater Medicine and Aviation Medicine. A pre-scientific session will deal with many updates on non-communicable diseases which is regarded as an important area of military medicine. The sessions are expected to debate on eight paper presentations and an equal number of poster presentations. Furthermore, the sessions will include a symposium each on Military Medicine, Military Dentistry and Military Psychiatry.
The SLCOMM aims to promote continuous professional development of members, research and innovation, trainees and advocacy in the field of military medicine, in addition to its objectives, meant to assist the development and implementation of military and national health policy, management of resources, problem-solving and decision-making processes and publication of an SLCOMM journal
Over 250 professionals and participants, drawn from other colleges of relevance to the fields of medicine and dentistry are now participating in the sessions. Sri Lanka’s membership in the International Council of Military Medicine (ICMM), representing 120 countries is a significant milestone in this regard and works as a catalyst to the scope of the SLCOMM. Organizers expect to continue their fruitful discussions and develop partnerships with different fields of expertise during the annual academic sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Military Medicine.
Major General (Dr) Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Director General of Army Health Services, who was instrumental in founding the SLCOMM in 2016 and dedicated of its continued promotion, together with Senior Officers of the Navy and Air Force were present during the inaugural sessions.