Dr. Sunil Seneviratne Epa is a Consultant Physician who owns the Matara Nursing Home which is a leading private hospital in Matara in Southern Sri Lanka. Most of you may not know him as he had been a few years junior to us in the Colombo Medical Faculty. He had however served the Colombo Medical Faculty as a Lecturer before he set up his own practice in Matara. Dr. Seneviratne Epa has a special interest in this subject. He believes in the Medico Spiritual Health model which has now been accepted by the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka. This means that doctors would now accept that religious activities such as pirith chanting will have an effect on healing. Hospitals would now recognise the spiritual needs of the patients and provide appropriate facilities. Dr. Seneviratne Epa is a Past President of the SLMA.
I have "cut and pasted" the full oration from the Sunday Times of 15 November 2015.