The professionals in the field of health are highly engaged in a
battle against the private medical college at Malabe which commenced its
function, two years ago. There are many in favour and against the
institute and it looks like a mockery.
Few professionals who were in favour of it, pointed out that private
medical institutes are needed to serve the students who fail to get
admission to state medical institutes as these do not have the capacity
to enroll more than 1,200 students of this stream. This amount is not
sufficient to cater to the needs of the country's requirement of doctors
as such the introduction of private medical faculties which can offer
MBBS are a must to fulfill the gap they say.
It also has to be noted that some parents are not willing to send
their children to state owned universities for many reasons but prefer
to send them to private institutions if they are in a position to bear
This practice in another way serves best for another needy student
who has gained required marks to enter the university.
In the meantime, these Institutes should strictly adhere to the rules
and regulations specified by the Ministry of Health and the Sri Lanka
Medical Council. This becomes a must as the doctors that pass out from
these institutes are to serve the nation under specific conditions laid
down by the Ministry of Heath.
Certain section of the professionals are of different view saying
that PMSs are not the solution for the shortage of doctors and the
government should take necessary steps to increase the intake. They also
say that these institutions are not fully equipped to give the students
the required education to qualify as doctors to serve the country's
need. They further emphasized that private medical institutes have no
clinical training facilities of teaching hospitals.
They must not make false allegations just to disrupt the education of
students who are keen to become professionals in certain fields.
The Medical College at Malabe has got the approval from the relevant
authorities for the functioning of the college according to reports
published in newspapers which no one has denied up to date.
This is to state that according to an article in the Sinhala
newspaper the Kala Wewa is going to be subjected to a division. An
electric fence is said to have been put across the Kala Wewa to prevent
elephants coming to that part of Wewa because may be they are damaging
the cultivation in the area. But this is certainly not a good way to
protect cultivation. According to this article about 200 elephants who
live in that area will die because they will be blocked by this electric
fence. So this will be a crime of the highest order.
This is to inform the authorities to take action and order
immediately to remove this electric fence. Elephants are part of our
national heritage. We must prevent the destruction of 200 elephants.
G H de Livera