President Maithripala Sirisena has given an assurance that a proper place will be accorded to indigenous medicine and necessary facilities be accorded for its advancement. The President made this reference joining in the International Conference and Education and Trade Exhibition on Indigenous medicine and complementary medicine systems.
The International Conference and Education and Trade Exhibition on Indigenous medicine and complementary medicine systems commenced in Battaramulla under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Regional Director of the Southeastern Asian Zone of the World Health Organization Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh also joined in this conference. The conference being jointly organized by the Health Ministry, the World Health Organization and the Sri Jayawardenepura University will continue until the 25 of this month at Waters Edge in Battaramulla.
The aim of this conference is to create the necessary stage for the exchange of experiences, knowledge and skills with global value in Indigenous medicine and complementary medicine fields that have been proven effective through research. This will create the necessary background for physicians skilled in various systems of medicine and for state and private entrepreneurs to get involved in it. The conference will include 48 expert lectures from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
President Maithripala Sirisena who joined in the inauguration emphatically mentioned that Sri Lanka claims to be a healthy nation due to the vast experiences of the indigenous system of medicine. The President gave an assurance that due place will be accorded to indigenous medicine and necessary facilities be bestowed for its advancement.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka was for the third occasion feted with the specialized assessment award given by the World Health Organization annually lauding organizations and persons dedicated to minimizing the use of tobacco and alcohol. It has been named as the World No Tobacco Day Award. The President presented this Award to Palitha Abeykoon, Chairman of the Tobacco and Alcohol Authority.
The World Health Organization annually lauds individuals and organizations who work for the control of alcohol and tobacco from six zones coming under the World Health Organization. This award was presented in the year 2014 when the incumbent President was serving as the Health Minister.