PM to open Pain Management Centre in Colombo | Sunday Observer

PM to open Pain Management Centre in Colombo

30 August, 2020

The first pain unit in Sri Lanka run by a consultant in pain medicine will be opened by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on September 2 at Horton Place Colombo on the invitation of consultant in pain medicine Dr. Namal Senasinghe. The centre has residential facilities for overseas and outstation patients. It will provide physiotherapy services to meet international standards.

Consultant in pain medicine Dr. Namal Senasinghe

Dr. Senasinghe had his early education at Trinity College, Kandy. He graduated from the North Colombo Medical College with a MBBD. Four years after his graduation he immigrated to England for his higher studies. He underwent training in anesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine at the London School of Anesthesia at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He became a consultant in pain medicine in 2003 at East Kent University NHS trust.

He gave up private practice in the UK 13 years ago and brings with him 17 years of experience as a consultant in pain medicine.

Pain is poorly managed due to lack of expertise and medication. Dr. Senasinghe’s mission is to introduce proper pain management to Sri Lanka.

However, this is a major challenge due to lack of resources and support from the health authorities.

“No one should be made to suffer due to pain. To improve pain services in Sri Lanka we need proper medication according to the World Health Organization’s steps such as morphines, physiotherapy, trained consultants in pain medicine, multidisciplinary team work and funding