A medical faculty will be
established in the Kothalawala Defence University.
A Bill presented by the government for the establishment of a Faculty of
Medical Sciences received 16 votes in favour and a single vote against it in Parliament.
Health Minister Maithripala
The Cabinet has approved a proposal to allow the Sri Lanka Medial
Council to recognise the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
of the General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University. The first batch of
officer cadets of the Faculty of Medicine of the General Sri John Kothalawala
Defence University will be conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine
and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2014. Therefore, it is necessary to make
provision under the Medical (Amendment) Bill to enable the Sri Lanka Medical
Council to register them under the Bill to practice Medicine and Surgery in Sri
The doctors and nurses in the public sector hospitals go abroad for
education purposes. Some of them go for employment. This has resulted in a
shortage of qualified doctors. So the passing out of qualified doctors from the
John Kotalawala Defence University's Medical Faculty will address this
shortage. These doctors provide medical facilities not only to the Armed Forces
personnel but also their family members. The Armed Forces personnel who
sacrificed their lives and limbs to wipe out terrorism are engaged in
developing the country today. They as the true sons of the nation who have done
their best for the people to live in peace. Therefore we need to strengthen
them by uplifting their livelihoods and providing facilities.
Akila Viraj Kariyawasam
The MBBS doctors who are passing out from Kothalawala Defence
University's Medical Faculty are well-qualified and we appreciate it. But there
are a large number of problems with regard to the to MBBS graduates come out
from the Malambe Private Medical College. Students who have obtained very low
marks at the GCE A/L exam have been enrolled to Malambe Private Medical
College. It has become an institution which offers MBBS degrees for money.
Those who recruited as lecturers at Malambe Private Medical Faculty are also
less qualified. Eventhough there is a teaching hospital at Aturugiriya, medical
students of Malambe Private Medical College cannot obtain their interns from
that hospital. So how are they going to practice as doctors?
Dr. Rohana Pushpakumara
The Armed Forces personnel contributed immensely in bringing peace to
the motherland after nearly 30 years. Now they are spearheading a new battle -
the development battle. The country is reawakening with all its might and the
professionals are confident that their skills and talents will be made use of
in the development drive. We need more MBBS doctors to uplift the health
facilities of not only the Armed Forces personnel and their families but also
the public. Therefore, these Amendments are very important.
With these Aendments,
students who followed MBBS degrees at the General Sir John Kothalawala Defence
University will be registered under the Medical Council as MBBS doctors.
Ajith Mannapperuma (UNP):
The enrollment procedure to the universities should have to be fair. The
standards of the education and professions would go down if the government
recruited students who are less qualified. There is a big question about the
quality of degree courses offered by the Malambe Private University. These
problems should be resolved immediately. Otherwise, our free education system
will be destroyed.
Deputy Agriculture Minister
W. G. Padmasiri:
Our Armed Forces contributed immensely to eliminate terrorism.
Today as true sons of the nation, they continue to render their support to the
nation's development program until the country's economy reaches a level that
would enable all the communities to lead comfortable lives. The highest
percentage of professionals lost to the brain drain are the medical doctors.
The setting up of a medical faculty at the KDU would provide some answers to
Vijitha Herath (DNA):
Minister Maithripala Sirisena has been able achieve positive changes in the
health sector. There is a request from the people to enact the Senaka Bibile
Drug Policy. He also attempts to do it.
But what is the purpose of
today's Amendment. As you said the doctors are not willing to join the Army as
they are recruited to the rank of captain. So this Amendment is made. So this
is not the best solution.
Botanical Gardens and Public
Recreation Minister Jayaratne Herath: The strength of the doctors in the Army
was not enough. During the Humanitarian Operation the number of doctors in the
Army was very minimal. But the doctors, surgeons, consultants (Janaka Bandara
takes the Chair) in government hospitals came forward to support risking their
lives. But now they have reverted to their original positions. However, there
are about 300,000 personnel in the Armed Forces. Along with the retired
personnel and their family members around one million seek treatments from
them. The strength of the doctors in the Army should be increased.
Ajith Kumara (Independent):
What is the basis to admit medical students to the Kotalawala Defence
University. Has it been granted the approval of the Medical Council? Another
issue is that are the students need to pay to follow the course? Are the
doctors passing out from the institution entrusted only to fulfill the need of
Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa: If the world is not changing Ajith's speech
is correct. But the world is changing. It is our government that increased the
intake of university students. How much money is spent by our parents to send
their children to foreign universities? I know there are a large number of Sri
Lankan children studying medicine at the Chittagong University in Bangladesh.
The applicants to the Medical Faculty in Kotalawala Defence University should
have cut off marks.
But the people like Ajith
think there is only one model in the world. The education field is being
modified and various positive subjects are being introduced.
With this move the
Tri-forces need of doctors could be fulfilled. They will be qualified enough to
work in any military hospital in the world.
The doctors normally like to
work in Colombo and its suburbs. This situation has to be changed.
Nalin Bandara (UNP):
are attempting to admit less qualified students to medical universities. During
the past three decades the MBBS doctors supported the Armed Forces. I don't
think the MBBS doctors would remain in military service with these moves.
theatre is closed as there is no anesthetist. Kurunegala Hospital's theatre is
Health Deputy Minister
Sri Lankan students who cannot enter Medical Faculties in
Sri Lanka go to countries where the standard of education is lower than Sri
Lanka, like Bangladesh, paying very high rates just to study medicine.
Now there is need to recruit
a large number of doctors to the Armed Forces. This is a good move. And I
suggest that the Kotalawala Defence University should consider the Police
Service and recruit students to serve in the Police Service as they too have
The MBBS doctors passing out
from the KDU Medical Faculty are well-qualified. We need Armed Forces doctors
to the to serve Armed Forces personnel and their families. They will also be
deployed whenever and wherever the need arises, be it an emergency or a
disaster situation or routine development activities. The Opposition members
said that there is a shortage of MBBS doctors in the country. Therefore this
move will help to overcome this shortage.
A. H. M. Azwer (UPFA):
elements are trying to topple this government. But they never ever be able to
do so as the people are very much supportive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Opposition is trying to create an anarchy situation in the parliament.
Today state hospitals provide best and quality medical treatment to the people.
Facilities of the government
hospitals have been upgraded. A sufficient number of doctors and nurses have
been attached to these hospitals.
H. L. M. Harris (UPFA):
Hospitals in the Eastern Province have been developed immensely in the
aftermath of the war but there are several problems still to be solved. It is
reported that several malpractices take place in some hospitals. The health
sector has recorded a significant improvement in the past five years.
Higher Education Minister S.
Students who qualify for university admission by passing three
subjects at the GCE A/L exam with highest Z-core can apply to the courses
offered by the KDU. In addition, they should posses minimum physical standard
in height, weight and show the required levels of physical and mental stamina.
During the degree program approximately 75 percent of students time is allocated
for academic programs, while 25 percent is for defence studies consisting of
various military training.
The Malambe Private Medical
College has been recognized by the Medical Council. It has given scholarships
to students who have obtained highest Z-core rates from GCE A/L exam. It is
reported that a student who proceed to the USA for higher education pays Rs.
7.5 million per year. In this manner, charges for the local private
universities are very low. Today, 1,980 undergraduates are studying at KDU. Our
Medical Ordinance is very strong. Through these Amendments, the Medial Council
will register the first batch of officer cadets passed out from the KDU Medical
Faculty as MBBS doctors.
Source : DailyNews
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