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Its time: All good things come to an end

Its time: All good things come to an end

“It was an Experience of a Lifetime” “You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw Introduction When I was appointed as the Consultant Surgeon, Base Hospital, Polonnaruwa in January 1982 it was a shock to me as I had never worked in a hospital out of Colombo and I did not know my future. I was in two minds whether to accept the appointment or not….

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The Dawn of Red Ball Cricket in Polonnaruwa – 1982

The Dawn of Red Ball Cricket in Polonnaruwa – 1982

A Historic Achievement with Team Effort “This story is about the introduction of red ball cricket to Polonnaruwa. It is an event that took place thirty eight (38) years ago and is not an easy task to recollect everything in detail. I also wanted to include some photographs as they an integral part of any story. I must admit that I could not find all the photographs taken at that time. However, those that I was able to find, depicted…

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Inauguration of the Clinical Society of Polonnaruwa

Inauguration of the Clinical Society of Polonnaruwa

“A Historic Event” – 1986 At that time there were only three Medical Specialists in the entire Polonnaruwa district; a Surgeon, a Physician doing the work of a Paediatrician as well and an Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist. All three were stationed at the Base Hospital. The rest were Doctors and Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP’s) working in District and Peripheral Hospitals in Polonnaruwa. There were only a few Doctors with MBBS degree. The three specialists had just returned from their overseas training after…

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An Unusual Patient

An Unusual Patient

24th February 1988 As I was passing the Polonnaruwa Veterinary Clinic I saw a crowd gathered there. I stopped my car and checked what was going on. The people told me that a baby elephant had been brought for treatment. The mother elephant had died after being knocked down by a train at Minneriya. The baby elephant had been captured by the “Vets” and she was in dire straits because the naval was very badly infected with a discharge of…

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A Surgeon’s Prayer

A Surgeon’s Prayer

These strong gloved fingers Which I flex – This human hand Which holds the knife, Sterile now and steady – Need thy guiding skill To help another life. Bless now this patient – Thine and mine – Who, under Thee, entrusts to me A precious life! God of the surgeon’s tireless strength, The surgeon’s finite skill, Grant that I may be guided To do Thy will. Dear Reader, you might be interested to read my next post, were I speak…

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Lanka, from the eleventh to the end of the first quarter of the thirteenth century A D occupies an eastern location in the dry zone of the North Central Province.  The ancient rulers built vast irrigation reservoirs. With the development of irrigation works and agricultural activities Polonnaruwa became a flourishing city with an agrarian economy. The famous Kings who ruled Polonnaruwa include Vijayabahu 1, Parakramabahu and Nissankamalla.  Polonnaruwa  considered one of the best preserved historic…

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