Sec. of Defence proposes to deploy military medics in United Nations missions

Sec. of Defence proposes to deploy military medics in United Nations missions

Sec. of Defence proposes to deploy military medics in United Nations missions

Written by Zulfick Farzan

24 Jul, 2020 | 8:15 am

Colombo (News 1st);  Dedicated and fearlessly committed, military medical teams had assisted the government by conducting quarantine program well to mitigate the spread of corona-virus outbreak in the country, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said on Thursday (24).

He said medical teams of tri-services, who had proved their credibility of treating and saving the lives of wounded combatants throughout the war, were the first respondents for any form of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, locally or abroad.

“The military medics, whether it is in a pitch battle or a disaster of any magnitude, have extended a highly credible service to the affected; both military and civilians, throughout the conflict from the first line to the depth,” he said.

The Defence Secretary said the role played by military medics was considered an essential service to support the government mechanism in countering any sort of conventional or non-traditional threat.

Maj. Gen. Gunaratne was the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony to commence Masters of Science (MSc) Program in Military Medicine of the College of Military Medicine, held at the Army Hospital Auditorium, Narahenpita.

Delivering the keynote address, he said military medical staffers needed to deploy in United Nations missions which would allow them the opportunity to provide their services to various multinationals around the globe.

“We shall be able to develop this to a multinational forum that entices participants from regional and global levels once the recognition is gained. It was a demanding necessity to gear them with a suitable academic background while enabling them to work in any condition in which their services are needed”, he said.

Defence Secretary also said the new initiative would support to groom young generation of tri-services medical sector with a wide range of knowledge to combat crucial situations in pandemics, armed conflicts, natural or man-made disasters both, locally and overseas.

The program, which is conducted in affiliation with the Colombo University under the patronage of the Health Ministry, covers medical and related studies including combat, clinical and preventive medicine conducted jointly by tri-services experts, military ethics and customs, disaster management and military psychiatry conducted by Sri Lanka Army, aviation medicine conducted by Sri Lanka Air Force and diving and hyperbaric medicine by Sri Lanka Navy.

Source : Ministry of Defence

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