Security Force Jaffna (SF-J), in one of its community welfare projects has planned to provide hearing aids to civilians in the North in collaboration with local and foreign donor agencies. As the first pace, a two day medical camp was held on 9th and 10th June to select the needy persons at the Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office on Hospital Road, Jaffna. A large number of civilians had come from Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu districts out of which 663 civilians identified as most needy were selected in the first stage. This number includes 59 schoolchildren.
“Starkey” Hearing Aids Manufactures of the US provides necessary hearing aids to the Army with coordination of Synergen Health (Pvt) Ltd. of Nugegoda. Army expects to provide hearing aids to 2000 civilians with auditory defects by November this year.
The 4th Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (4 SLAMC) organized the medical camp.
Commanding Officer 4 SLAMC Major Sidath Amarasekara, Second in Command Palaly Army hospital Captain Prabhaswari Wijekoon and Army medical soldiers assisted Mr. Akil Chavuhan and Sai Kiran Sathyanarayana, audiologists of Starkey – India, Managing Director Synergen Health (Pvt) Ltd. Mr. Denvor Fernando and his staff to conduct the medical camp.
Wickramaarchchi Opticians, Vision Care and Teaching Hospital Jaffna supported the programme conducting audiogram test for patients.
“Books and computers are assets to any organizations, as it helps to improve the efficiency of working standards in many ways. It is well appreciated that a foreign delegation getting involved in this noble service.”
Handing over ceremony of books and computers to Jaffna Public Library and medical items to Jaffna Teaching Hospital was held in Jaffna Public Library. Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guest and hand over the books and equipments.
Federation of Malaysian Sri Lankan Organizations (FOMSO) and Dr. Puvanendran have jointly donated these items. 1 million rupees worth books were donated. Mayoress of Jaffna Mrs.Y.Patkunarajah received them from Governor. Director of Jaffna hospital received medical items from Governor.
President of FOMSO Dato’ S. Kulasegaran, Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan and other relevant officials also participated at this event.
Nearly 235 school students and teachers attended an awareness lecture on oral sanitation and dental clinic organized by the Civil Affairs Office of 521 Brigade, Point Pedro (PPD) on Tuesday (11).
During the dental clinic conducted at PPD Siva Prakash vidyalaya with coordination of 7th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment of Valvettithurai, 36 students were treated.
Dr. Sri Nivasan of Jaffna Teaching Hospital mobile dental clinic unit, Dental surgeon of Manthikai Base hospital Dr. S. Senthilkumaran and his medical staff conducted the programme.
More than 200 officers and other ranks as well as members of the civil staff serving the 55 Division Headquarters atVettalaikerny, Jaffna, in response to a request gave away their blood for the use of Tamil civilians under treatment at Jaffna Teaching Hospital during a mobile project on account of Poson Full Moon Day (23).
The Army was compelled to organize this campaign after medical officers at Jaffna Teaching Hospital turned to the Army for blood since an acute shortage exists in the Jaffna Blood Bank. The matter was brought to the notice of the 55 Division Headquarters by medical authorities.