Free medical camp and social service project were conducted at Trincomalee District by Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (FMS, USJP) in collaboration with Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) as a respond to the kind request by Civil Affairs officer, Sri Lanka Army, Trincomalee Brigade, and Colonel Sarath Gunasekara. On 14th December 2019, the health camp was conducted at Somadevi Vidyalaya for the residents of Sirimangalapura, Kallar, Somapura, Dehiwattha, Neelapola, and Kwanthissapura. On 15th December 2019, the medical camp was held at Jayanthipura Vidyalaya, Kanthaleinfor the residents of Van Ala, Jayanthipura, Kalladi, Alle and Sooriyapura. Dr. Anula Wijesundara, President SLMA, Dr. Sajith Edirisinghe, Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, FMS, USJP, pre interns from 23rd batch of FMA, USJP, namely R.Dissanayake, M. P. Munasinghe, G.A.G. Geethaswari, V. G. N. C. Vidanagamage, K. P. S. R. Y Perera, S. M. D. Samarasinghe, L. A. Ruhunage, K.P. Gajasinghe, U.K.D. Piyumini, P.E.C. paramedical, R.A.P.M.M. Bandara, J.A.S.P. Jayakody, S.K.A. Kulathilaka, C.P. Walpola, A.G.J.I. Sugathapala and K.S. Ranawaka and a group of paramedical personals participated in the health camp. Dr. Ms. Lishanthi Wijewardene, Senior Lecturer, Business Communication Unit, University of Sri Jayewardenepura coordinated the printed media coverage of the event.
During the health camps, Dr. Anula Wijesundara conducted a health education session on bad consequences of smoking, alcoholism and betel chewing. She also explains that childhood injuries and SLMA posters on childhood injury preventions were also distributed among the participants. Dr. Sajith Edirisinghe conducted a thought-provoking session on how to dispose plastics properly and the effects of “micro plastics” to human health.
Additionally, the staff and pre intern doctors of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura conducted a mini environmental cleaning project at Mavila Aru Dam in the morning hours on 15th December 2019 before stating the health camp. During the cleaning, nearly 10kg of Polythene and plastic were removed from the Mavila Aru Dam area and disposed of properly.