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Two hospitals to be developed for training of students for Moratuwa Medical Faculty

ECONOMYNEXT- The Homagama Base Hospital and the Nagoda General Hospital are to be developed as National and Teaching hospitals in to order assist in clinical training for the proposed medical faculty at the Moratuwa University.

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena told reporters today that this was a major step towards the development of a new medical faculty as a national or teaching hospital for the clinical training needs of the students is needed to develop another medical school.

The development, agreed to by the Cabinet of Ministers yesterday is the culmination of a proposal made to Parliament in 2018 by former JVP Kalutara District MP Dr Nalinda Jayatissa as a private member.

At the time Jayatissa argued that Sri Lanka has only 50 per cent of the required number of medical doctors and medical faculties.

Currently the State Universities can only accommodate 1,200 to 1,300 medical undergraduates each year, therefore, the need to establish two more medical faculties to increase the number of student intake is paramount.

Jayatissa moved two private member motions to establish medical faculties at the Uva-Wellassa and Moratuwa Universities, with Badulla and Nagoda Hospitals proposed as “Teaching Hospitals.”

“So in order to that, it was decided to take over the Kalutara General Hospital and Homagama Base Hospital and start the development process to convert them as national or teaching hospitals,” Gunawardena said.

The Homagama base hospital is being used as a treatment hospital for COVID-19 patients.

Later the same year the then government included the proposal of establishing a medical faculty at Moratuwa University in their annual budget proposal. (Colombo, July 23, 2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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