Health in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka has achieved a commendable health status measured in terms of traditional health indices in relation to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Sri Lanka provides free universal healthcare. One of the few countries in the world with free healthcare and education, both of which have been national priorities for decades. Both the Government and Private sector have been rapidly building and improving infrastructure, quality of services and human capital base in the healthcare sector. Sri Lanka has a unique healthcare system where one can go directly to the hospital (government or private), to the family GP or directly see a specialist – with no reference from a 3rd party.
OPD facilities are readily available in public (general) hospitals situated in major towns and cities, with laboratory and radiology facilities common in most. Widely anything can be dealt with in the teaching hospitals in Colombo, Colombo South, Colombo North, Kandy/Peradeniya, Galle (Karapitiya Hospital) and Jaffna. All doctors and nurses in the government hospitals are qualified and trained, with some of the most experienced staff working at the teaching hospitals. For emergencies, especially accidents, it is highly recommended to go directly to General hospital accident services as they are equipped with the staff and facilities to handle emergencies. In most cases of serious accidents, private hospitals refer patients to General hospitals. This is mostly due to the high investment in equipment and staff training in the public healthcare sector.
The private healthcare sector is popular with both expatriates and Sri Lankans many of whom will always commend the level of care received, for a fraction of the cost incurred on similar procedures if treated abroad. However, it is generally limited to the major cities. While the most widely acknowledged being in Colombo and its suburbs, mainly due to being around for longer, many new private hospitals have opened across the country due to rising income of people and demand for private healthcare. After all there are luxurious that can be gotten for a price.
There are 555 government hospitals in Sri Lanka, in addition to several hospitals treating according to the Ayurvedic System.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo was established in 1870. As a medical establishment of 138 years it has been the mother of medical education in Sri Lanka. The Faculty of Medicine has been actively involved in all milestones of Health development in Sri Lanka. It has been responsible for the training and graduation of medical graduates in Sri Lanka according to the health needs of the country. The Ceylon Medical College Council based at the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo still continues to provide the certification of training needed for the licensing of para medical personnel.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya is situated on a spacious 35 acre campus at Ragama. It is one of eight state medical schools in Sri Lanka. The Faculty commenced classes with the admission of 120 students in September 1991.The first batch of students completed their five year course and graduated MBBS in September 1996. From 2004, the Faculty has adopted an organ-system based integrated curriculum. Today, the faculty has about 1000 students on its roll. This includes several foreign students, mainly from other South Asian countries, who have been admitted on a fee levying basis.
- College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka
- North Colombo Medical College
- Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
- Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna
- Faculty of Medicine, University of Sri Jayawardenapura
- Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna
Sri Lanka is one of the Biggest Donors of Human Eyes to the World, with a supply of Approximately 3,000 Corneas per year.