ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday March 23, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 43


Medical exhibition after 26 years

We thought we had walked into the wrong room. Contrary to the highly organized atmosphere expected at an educational institute home to some of the smartest young minds in the country, this room was an organized mess of students cutting, pasting, drawing and painting their exhibits into their final stages of perfection.

They were busily preparing for MedEx 2008, the upcoming exhibition hosted by the Colombo Medical Faculty at the BMICH from March 26 to April 2. "We were unable to host the event for 26 years, mainly due to security concerns," said Professor Ravindra Fernando- Senior Treasurer, MedEx 2008. "We had a few concerns about this year's exhibition as well, but we decided that such an event would have a beneficial effect on the community at large."

Presented on the basis of 24 themes, the exhibition will have more than 300 stalls. Apart from visual aids such as posters, many other modes will be used to effectively convey information, including multimedia, discussion panels, seminars and drama. The exhibition will be of particular interest to A/L students with special events planned for them.

"This is a very important event for the country and its people. There was a time when the most commonly found diseases in the country were the likes of malaria and typhoid, and now we have to deal more with incidence of coronary disease, strokes and blood pressure," Prof. Fernando said.

Part of the proceeds generated from the exhibition will go towards the Student Rehabilitation Fund set up by the Colombo Medical Faculty for Samitha Samanmalee, the medical student who suffered a serious injury to her spine recently.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Bank of Ceylon, Mobitel, the Coca Cola Company, Elephant House, State Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Unilever and Ceylinco Life. The organizers are very grateful for the support of the Ministry of Health.

T.H. and N.P.

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