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President pledges new chapter for field of Military Medicine

President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced a new chapter in military medicine, establishing a separate unit to send military personnel overseas to assist in times of health disaster.

He went on to say that it will be established in addition to the group that is sent during natural disasters. He also pointed out that plans are being made to send a group of military personnel to Türkiye to assist in this time of medical disaster.

President made these remarks while speaking at the inauguration ceremony for the sixth annual academic sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Military Medicine (SLCOMM) on the theme of “Resilience of Military Medicine in Times of Crisis,” which was held in Katunayake.

He also said the Government had sent a group of military personnel to Nepal during natural disasters.

“However, I am considering using our military medical personnel to send oversees when people face health disasters. Health disasters occur more frequently than natural disasters, and I would discuss this with the military in order to establish a unit in this regard. So that is a new chapter in the history of military medicine,” he noted.

The President also said the Government will obtain more medicine through the Indian credit line in order to address the shortage of medicine during this crisis situation.

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