Professor Samath Dhamminda Dharmaratne

Dear SLMA Members,

I feel it a great honour and a privilege to be elected the 128th President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA), the oldest Medical Association in the Asia and the Pacific.

I must put in record that it was not an easy task for me to be elected the President of this organization, and I affirm that I will make it my duty to do my best to uplift the organization during my tenure and uphold the traditions and procedures of this great organization.

The themes of the SLMA for 2022 are ‘Planetary Health and Global Health Security’ and the ‘Prevention and Control of Road Traffic Crashes, Injuries and Deaths’.

I and the Council of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) will work to provide a safe, secure, and disease-free country. We will prepare Sri Lanka to face future pandemics while helping policy makers manage the current COVID-19 pandemic. We will also make the roads safe for the people of this country.

The Annual Academic Sessions are planned to be held from September 28, 2022, to October 1,2022, at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.

The Foundation Sessions will be held on November 4, 2022, at the Auditorium of the Sri Lanka Medical Association and the SLMA Medical Dance is planned to be held in December 2022 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo. The Doctors Concert is scheduled for July 23, 2022, at Hotel Galadari. The Law-Medical cricket match is planned to be played in the latter part of 2022.

I and the Council of the SLMA have planned regular ‘paduru parties’ and ‘karaoke’ sessions for the enjoyment of its members and invite all of you to join us to make 2022 a memorable year.

We also urge you to invite your friends and colleagues to join the SLMA and share their expertise and skills to uplift the medical profession in Sri Lanka.

I and the Council of the SLMA wish you and your families a new year filled with happiness, joy, and good health.

Professor Samath Dhamminda Dharmaratne

President

SLMA