Annual General Meeting 2019
In march 1988, a group of Tamil Srilankan Health care Professions met in East London to Consider the concept of a Medical Institute for Tamils.
It is an honour and a privilege to be elected as the president of MIOT in its 30th year. Thirty years, more than a quarter of a century – that’s a long time for an organization to endure. For an organization to endure over 25 years and be as relevant today as it was at its founding is quite a feat. To be more relevant and more valuable today is an honour that goes to few. Needs and priorities of the people living in the north and east of Sri Lanka 30 years ago were different to the ones faced by them today. Thirty years ago there was a civil war and an economic embargo in place which resulted in shortages, not only of household items but even medicinal supplies and surgeries too were affected. That’s when MIOT was created to help ease some of the problems faced by the local people. As doctors we were in a privileged position because we were able to go through those check points and barriers with little inconvenience compared to the common man. I am aware of many MIOT members who had taken this hard route and went to the north and east to help the injured, sick and displaced.
I personally witnessed some of these whenever I did cataract camps. This has been another busy year with several activities. In January 2019 I was privileged to attend the opening ceremony of the newly renovated Moolai co-operative hospital. One of our MIOT members gave a huge donation towards this project which was facilitated by MIOT. This hospital is now being transformed with modern, state of the art facilities. We once again partnered with our ophthalmology colleagues in Jaffna and conducted another charity cataract camp and restored the sight of 170 under privileged patients. We continue to support various orphanages and charities based in the north and east of Sri Lanka. The motto of our organisation is ‘Respect for Life’. Buildings and technology can’t save lives but hard work, dedication and respect for patients by the health care professionals save lives.
MIOT is continuing to serve the population in the north and east of Sri Lanka with dedication and sincerity. Health is wealth and a healthy population is the wealth of a nation. As the President of MIOT, I pledge that we will work with all the health institutions and health professionals to provide the best possible care to the weakest in the society with compassion and care.
President MIOT, UK
Logendran FRCS, FRCOphth
Consultant Ophthalmologist, UK
Vice President Dr N Niranjan
Gen. Secretary Dr C Thavakulasingham
Treasurer Dr K Niranjan
Editors Dr A Kangatharan
Asst. Gen. Secretary Dr S Kulendran
Overseas Affairs Dr S Poologanathan
Community Care & Research
Dr V Vigneswaran
Social Dr C Thavakulasingham
Membership Dr E Velaudapillai
Education Dr L Valayuthar
Youth Affairs Janarthan Sellathurai
Dr M Chandrakumar
Dr N Sivayoganathan
General Secretary's Report 2019
The last MIOT Annual General Meeting took place ….
கேடில் விழுச்செல்வம் கல்வி யொருவற்குமாடல்ல மற்றை யவை
Learning is excellence of wealth that none destroy; To man nought else affords reality of joy
Tirukkural 400, Book by Thiruvalluvar
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