I am grateful for the opportunity to become the president of college of specialists in Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Sri Lanka.
In 2012 after moving to Colombo, I became a member of the council, then the Sri Lanka Association for Rheumatology & Rehabilitation. During 2013 & 3014 I served as secretary to the association. I was actively involved in college activities, since then.
Founding members and past presidents, along with their council members put in great effort to build up this organisation. In the recent past Dr Lalith Wijayaratne, Dr Nihal Gunathillake , Dr Kalum Deshapriya and immediate past president Dr Duminda Munidasa worked hard with their council members to shine the college in a multitude of aspects including significant international involvement at annual scientific sessions.
All of us have to think of what we can do for the college for betterment in patient care, to improve field of Rheumatology & Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka etc, as mentioned in the constitution. Please come out with ideas and proposals. Your suggestions are most welcome.
We have identified lack of our own data for rheumatic diseases and collection of data is of paramount importance. I expect the contribution of all Rheumatologists, island-wide in building this data bank.
Furthermore, due to the Covid 19 global pandemic, we will require a different approach to our activities.
Finally I request your strong support to continue the future activities of the college.
Thank you very much, Wish you a successful and safe 2021.
President – 2020/2021