Medical Perks

July 30, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s health minister’s appointment to the World Health Organisation (WHO) could help channel more foreign funds to develop the health sector in the island, the association of private medical practitioners said. Nimal Siripala de Silva, minister of healthcare and nutrition, was appointed as the chairman of the WHO executive committee which is its policy-making body.

The appointment will be beneficial in developing the island’s health sector to provide an improved and professional service to patients, Harsha de Silva, secretary, Private Health Services Regulatory Council said.

He was speaking at a meeting to felicitate the minister at which the private health sector associations also appointed national expert panels to guide and improve their services.

Nearly 60 percent of outpatients or patients attending clinics and 20 percent of internal patients consult medical doctors through private health care centres and hospitals.

Sri Lanka’s private health sector developed rapidly and expanded following legislation to allow private health institutions that was delayed for 14 years.

The private institutes have also planned to launch nurses training programmes in 2008, W A Ferdinand, president of