PMRP carries campaign to Kandy
KANDY: The Peoples Movement for the Rights of Patients (PMRP)
which is campaigning for a health service where the well-being of the
patient is given priority will take its message to different districts.
As a first step the PMRP in association with the Satyodaya Centre for
Social Research and Encounter will conduct a health education and
empowerment seminar at the Satyodaya Centre in Kandy on March 20 from 9
a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The main speaker will be Professor Carlo Fonseka, former Dean of the
Colombo University Medical Faculty.
He will speak on the need for a national health policy to
structurally correct a situation where the government allocates less
than two percent of the national budget for life or death in health
services and where Sri Lanka has only about 20 doctors for every hundred
thousand patients while in contrast rich Italy has 550 for every hundred
Dr. Joel Fernando Professor of family medicine and course organiser
at the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine will speak on the sources of
health care financing and the dangers involved in excessive
Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Damayanthi Perera the only Sri Lankan
with a doctorate in nutrition will speak on how we are poisoning
ourselves and making ourselves sick through a wrong diet including
western junk foods.
The thrust of her talk will be the need for an evidenced based
national food and nutrition policy.
How to get quality drugs at affordable prices will be the theme of a
talk by Prasadini Perera, project officer of Health Action International
Asia Pacific. After the seminar the PMRP hopes to form its first major
branch in the Kandy district with the cooperation of Satyodaya.