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President emphasises healthcare advancements and technological integration

March 25, Colombo (LNW): President Ranil Wickremesinghe articulated his commitment to fostering comprehensive discussions on advancements in healthcare services, underscoring the importance of integrating modern technology to elevate medical facilities.

Addressing the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), the President reaffirmed the government’s dedication to empowering individuals for societal progress, with healthcare playing a pivotal role.

He encouraged active participation from medical professionals to shape a forward-looking healthcare framework and expressed readiness for further dialogues on leadership and government involvement.

The President made these remarks during a meeting with the GMOA held at the Sudu Araliya Hotel in Polonnaruwa, coinciding with the association’s one-day workshop on “Leadership and Skills Development” on Saturday (23).

Following an impromptu invitation from the association during his nearby official engagement, the President promptly joined the workshop venue for a cordial exchange, reported the President’s Media Division (PMD).

During the interaction, President Wickremesinghe delved into the historical evolution of Sri Lanka’s free healthcare system, tracing its origins from colonial to post-colonial eras.

He expressed concern about its adaptability to modern medical advancements and evolving societal needs, stressing the importance of strategic planning to shape the healthcare landscape for the foreseeable future.

Highlighting the intersection of economic development and resource allocation, the President underscored healthcare as a top priority, particularly amidst technological transformations.

He raised questions about hospitals’ preparedness to embrace innovations such as Artificial Intelligence and adapt to changing healthcare paradigms.

President Wickremesinghe reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring universal access to quality healthcare, calling for pragmatic discussions devoid of political agendas.

He advocated for collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing healthcare accessibility and quality.

The event was attended by Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayaka, Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association Dr. Haritha Aluthge, and other prominent members.

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