Message from the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine

Rajitha Senerathna
Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine

Message from the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine

Inauguration of the Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka

Healthcare systems are organizations established to meet the health needs of target groups. Healthcare is conventionally regarded as an important determinant in promoting the general physical and mental health and wellbeing of the people in any country. The delivery of modern healthcare depends on groups of trained professionals and para-professionals coming together as inter-disciplinary teams. This includes professionals in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, paediatric, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, community health workers who systematically provide personal and population based preventive, curative and rehabilitative care services.

Among these healthcare services what Sri Lanka did not have all these years is palliative care as a healthcare service which is now widely prevalent in many parts of the world. I wish to congratulate the Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka for taking the initiative to introduce this aspect of healthcare to the people of Sri Lanka. The formation of a national body is a major turning point in Palliative Care in the country. It is heartening to note that Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka aims to develop palliative care services in Sri Lanka with extra focus on palliative care at the primary health care level.

I wish to state that as the Minister of Health that I will extend my fullest cooperation to the Palliative