It was April 24th, 2021, Saturday night in US, April 25th, Sunday morning in UK and Sri Lanka and Sunday afternoon in Australia when the Sri Lanka Foundation Medical hosted the International Medical webinar to educate and bring awareness on the “Scientific Session and What we know Today” of COVID-19 to the global audience.
The program began with a great Welcome by the Sri Lanka Foundation staff, Achala Weerasinghe, the Director of Cultural Affairs & Director of Operations for the Academy of Performing Arts, followed by the Host, Keshini Wijegoonaratna, Director of Project Management & Public Relations, and the Co-Host, Chamodh Amarasinghe, the Media Director.
The Founder of the Sri Lanka Foundation, Dr Walter Jayasinghe thanked the panel of doctors for their valuable time and their contribution and also thanked Dr Deepthi, the Medical Director, and Keshini, the Project Director for putting this medical webinar together.
His Excellency Ambassador Ravinatha Ariyasinhe was one of the distinguish guests, in his remarks he mentioned the value of theses programs and thanked the Foundation for their continued effort to serve the communities worldwide. The new Consul General to Los Angeles, Dr Lalith Chandradasa received a warm welcome from the Foundation and he continued to appreciate the Foundation for their valuable contribution to the global community. The Vice President of the Foundation, Aeshea Jayasinghe said she was looking forward to this program as this panel of doctors were exceptional medical professionals from many different countries who was going to share their hands on experience in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This wonderful symposium was presented by a panel of experts in the medical professional that have studied in gathering the latest international scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19. The panel of doctors has explored the latest COVID-19 related research, reviews, commentary, news and analysis across epidemiology, treatments, vaccines and much more from across the world.
*The Medical Director of the Sri Lanka Foundation, Dr Deepthi Jayasekara, MD,FACP, M-IDSA,
Infectious Disease Specialist from US Clinical Professor, Western University,
Chief of Infectious Disease, Emanate Health & San Dimas Hospital, moderated the session to be very interactive among the panel of doctors during the Q & A Session.
The outstanding panel of speakers are as follows:
*Dr Paul Holtom, MD from US, Professor of Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine.
*Dr Malik Sriyal Joseph Peiris, MBBS, FRCPath, D Phil (Oxon), FHKAM (Path), FRCP, FRS from Hong Kong Professor, in Medical Science Professor: Chair of Virology Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences,
*Professor Suranjith Seneviratne from UK DPhil(Oxon), MBBS, MD, DPath, MRCPath, MRCP, FRCP, FRCPath, FCCP Professor and Consultant in Clinical Immunology and Allergy Institute of Immunity and Transplantation and Health Services Laboratories, London, UK Nawaloka Hospital Research and Education Foundation, Sri Lanka
*Dr.Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D, FACP, MRCOG from US Professor Infectious Disease Specialist, University of Miami School of Medicine and University of Miami Hospital.
*Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, M.B.B.S, MD, MRCP (UK), FCCP
Consultant Physician of National Institute of Infectious Disease ( IDH), Sri Lanka
External lecture/examiner in faculties of Medicines and a member of the National Medicines, Regulatory Authority of Sri Lanka, President of the Ceylon College of Physicians for the year 2020.
Questions started to pour in from the chatline, which were all addressed by the panel and received many messages of appreciation from the global community.
The program ended with the vote of thanks presented by the Foundation President, Dr Dishan Jayasinha, with words of appreciation to the doctors for a job well done!!!
See Link to below to watch the video:
Please see below feedback received from the global community:
Thank you for letting us to listen and organise the excellent Medical Webinar to educate us to fullest this pandemic current situation by frontline Sri Lankan experts.
If you happen to record this please feel free to forward it to us.
Upali and Anoma Lokuge
It was a very interesting experience
To me it was very valuables though I am not sure how far a non technical person would have appreciated it. Can I have a copy of the recording to be sent to my colleagues in SL.Please convey my sincere thanks to Dr Walter J and all the others at Foundation who were involved in making it happen.
Consul General, Dr Lalith Chandradasa
It was a very worthwhile session, when will the video be ready.I want my colleagues to watch it.
Sri Lanka Foundation did it again. Dr Suranjith, thank you! We are proud of you.
Thank you for all the reminders, enjoyed all the topics presented. I know the time and dedication put in to these projects.
Look forward to the next webinar!
Dr Thikak Molligoda
Dear Ms. Wijegoonerathna,
We wish to thank you and your team for the great job you did. It is clear that a lot of hard work went on behind the scenes.
We noted that a recording was made of the event. Will it be possible to have access to it if there is a protocol available for that purpose?
We would be grateful if you could let us know.
Thank you once again for the laudable effort .
Delaine & Felix Weerakkody
Thank you for organizing that webiner session .
Wish you to plan more educational sessions like this.
And I want to now If some one doesn’t take 2nd dose of vaccine, what will be happen?? Is there be a any problem with physically or socially ralated to 1st dose?
The recent webinar on Covid was well organized and it was very informative and enriched our knowledge on the subject.
The expert panel dealt with very important issues and gave an update on the subject. I did follow the first webinar as well.
I wish to congratulate the sri Lanka Foundation for the excellent work that they are engaged in.
With best wishes
Dr Senarath Colombage
Please let me know if a recording of the Webinar conference on COVID held on 25/4 would be available on your website for those who missed it.
Thank you very much for organising this
excellent conference with a very important topic.
Thanks for organizing the webinar. Do you have recording of the event?
we regret missing the last session
if it was recorded we will be pleased to have it
Yes.Sorry not to attend due to the unavoidable reason.
Thanks for the coordination.
Very useful webinar, waiting for the video to send to my students