Another medical camp to identify heart patients in Jaffna and to refer them for further treatment was organized by the 511 Brigade at Atchuvely Central College on 31st March. A medical team from Asiri Heart Care Centre, Colombo arrived from Colombo at invitation of the Commander 511 Brigade Colonel Wijendra Gunathilake to conduct the clinic.
Commander Security Forces – Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe attended the inauguration of clinic as the Chief Guest. This medical camp was sponsored by the Atchuvely Lions’ Club for the second time.
Nearly 300 civilians from the 511 Brigade area attended the clinic, and 9 out of the total examined were advised to seek immediate admission to hospital for surgeries. Many others were educated on preventive measures after examining their ECG reports. Facilities for blood and ECG tests had been made available free at the venue.
During such clinic conducted by the 511 Brigade with collaboration of the same medical team last year, 21 year old Kajenthini, 3 year old Apisha and 3 year old Santhus were found to be suffering from acute heart diseases. Hasty arrangements were made by the Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna to fly them to Asiri Heart Care centre where the surgeries were administered on priority basis.
Those three were also present on the occasion.
Dr. Anil Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Asiri Surgiacl Hospital Dr. Vivek Gupta, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon of Asiri Heart Care Centre and Dr. Chathurangani Perera comprised the Asiri hospital medical team. Responding to the Army’s invitation, Deputy Director Teaching Hospital Jaffna Dr. Bhavanandaraja, District Medical Officer Atchuvely hospital Dr. S. Vimalendran, Dr. Luxman Kumara of Kopay hospital, Dr. P. Manivanan and medical staff members from Jaffna hospitals extended assistance to make the programme a success.
President Kopay Lions’ Club Mr. P. Skantharaja and the principal Atchuvely Central College Mr. N. Akshakesari were also present.