14:46 (1 hour ago)
I wish to bring to your kind notice a very laudable venture initiated by Dr B. Panagamuwa and continuing to function well,He was a colleague of mine at Karapitiya where he was Senior Lecturer in Surgery and my front house neighbour.In the early days at Karapitiya, he was responsible for stitching a mosquito net for us, installing 3 phase wiring for our electric cooker and replacing the front shock absorbers in my car! He also helped in the carpentery and plumbing of the students laboratory at Mahamodera. He emigrated to England with his family around 1990 and gave up surgery so as to specialize in limb fitting. He spends quite a lot of his time here concerning a very special project as he retired from the NHS few years ago.
He started a limb fitting center in Mannar after the war. Hundreds of civilian victims were provided with artificial limbs, walking aids, wheel chairs etc., and they were rehabilitated He used to import container loads of various appliances from the UK for this project. The Tamil medical diaspora were the main sponsors at that time
Later he set up a "state of the art" facility in Maho, in the North Central Province, close to Anuradhapura. I visited the facility few weeks ago and was impressed by the facility and the work that is going on. A person had been trained at the Salford University in UK for this work and he is working in Maho. Another person is being trained in Salford. Pana has devised a method to recycle plaster of Paris as a cost saving exercise. The patients who are currently being treated are victims of road traffic accidents and diabetes.
He has set up a similar facility In Manukulam in the North. He has purchased a bus and runs a mobile clinic as well.
He has started a charity named "Meththa Rehabilitation Foundation "to fund this work. The monthly running costs are about Rs. 700,000.00. After visiting Maho I decided to join the Meththa Rehabilitation Foundation and placed a monthly standing order with my bank. I appeal to you to support this venture in what ever way you can. The bank account details are Hatton National Bank, Cinnamon Gardens Branch, Account number 076010094381. If you get an opportunity please visit this facility in Maho
(Sanath P. Lamabadusuriya)