Army Brings Specialists from Colombo to Conduct Heart Clinics for Civilians

nurseContinuing Civil Military Interdependency activities introduced by the incumbent Jaffna Commander Major General Udaya Perera, 511 Brigade of Ottahapulam and 512 Brigade of Jaffna town arranged two medical clinics for civilians in their areas on March 29th and 30th at Urumpirai and Kolombuthurai.

The clinics were conducted by two cardiologists from the Navaloka Hospital Colombo, Dr. Richard Saldana and Krishan de Silva assisted by medical officers and nurses and Army doctors. Over 300 civilians attended the medical camps and medical advice was given to those in need and some of them were referred to the nearest hospital.

Earlier three patients with acute heart diseases were cured after three successful surgeries done in Colombo on Kajenthini (21), Santhus (3) and Apisha (3) with intervention of the 511 Brigade when it was based at Atchelu.

“Army – Asiri Heart Care Programme” Conducts One more Mobile Clinic

heartAnother 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.

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