25th February 2023 21:36:24 Hours
The inaugural ceremony of the 6th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Military Medicine (SLCOMM), themed ‘Resilience of Military Medicine in Times of Crisis’, the forum that synergizes military-civil contribution for greater interaction took place on Friday (Feb 24) evening at Eagle's Lakeside Hotel in Attidiya in the presence of a considerable gathering of medical consultants, professionals and experts on military medicine.
His Excellency the President Ranil Wickremesinghe graced as the Chief Guest while Professor Selvanayagam Nirthanan joined as the Guest of Honour at the invitation of the SLCOMM.
Mr Sagala Ratnayake, Chief of Staff of the President and Senior Advisor to the President, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, Commander of the Army and Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, Commander of the Navy together with a distinguished gathering of invitees participated in the inauguration.
After formalities such as recital of the National Anthem, observance of two-minute silence in respect of fallen War Heroes and lighting the traditional oil lamp set the stage ready for the day’s proceedings.
President, SLCOMM, Air Commodore N.D.B Abeysekera delivered the inaugural address and set out the guidelines that would be taken up virtually during the three-day sessions and recalled the memory of the College's establishment a few years ago in 2016.
Afterwards, the Guest of Honour addressed the gathering before HE, the President Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated the SLCOMM for its success and extended his thoughts on the subject during a brief speech to the occasion.
Over 150 professionals and participants, drawn from other colleges of relevance to the fields of medicine and dentistry have signed up for the sessions. 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.
The Sri Lanka College of Military Medicine (SLCOMM) is a professional body consisting of medical and dental doctors of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force. It is one of the largest medical professional bodies in the country with membership of approximately 400 doctors. The unique feature of the SLCOMM is that its membership consists of all military consultants and doctors of various specialities. Since, its inception in May 2016, the SLCOMM has been making noteworthy progress in terms of the medical and dental fraternities of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The college has perseveringly strived to achieve excellence in the field of Military Medicine.