7th Biennial Joint meeting of A.S.S.R. and Sri Lanka Society of Gastroenterology

10th February – 12th February 2012.
Background Information :
A.S.S.R. stands for the Asian Society of Stoma Rehabilitation which is an organization of Doctors & Nurses of Asian countries interested & dedicated to improve Quality of Life (QOL ) of Ostomates. Its founding director is Prof. Shindo who is a well known Colo-Rectal Surgeon from Japan. Various countries are represented on its EC.ASSR holds meeting every two years in different countries of Asia.This year it was held in February in Colombo, SriLanka jointly with the Gastroenterology Society of Sri Lanka.

The population of Sri Lanka is 20 million with an area of 65000 sq. km. They probably have 3500 to 5000 ostomates in the country .Yet they have approximately 40 nurses trained across the country. They do get Ostomy supplies of standared companies but most patients have to purchase appliances using their own funds. Not many can afford to do that & the government provides to few patients when they are discharged from the hospital or when they come for follow up. Some of the patients innovate about their appliances.

The A.S.S.R. meeting:

Two pre- congress workshops were held at The Lanka Hospital in Colombo on the morning of 10th February 2012.The topics were “ Basic Stoma Care “ & “Tips & Tricks in use of Staplers.”There were about 200 nurses & doctors who attended these very informative& interactive workshops.
In the evening of 10th February 2012 a joint inauguration of the Academic Sessions of the Sri Lankan Society of Gastroenterology & The 7th Biennial Congress of the Asian Society of Stoma Rehabilitation 2012 was held at the Kings Court , Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo. The Chief Guest at this function was Dr Ravindra Ruberu, Secretary, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.
At this function Prof. Nandadeva Samarsekera , a brilliant & dynamic surgeon was inducted as the President of the Sri Lankan Society of Gastrenterology. In his presidential address he spoke on importance of Specialization & Research in Surgery. Prof. Kemal Deen a well known Academician & Colo Rectal Surgeon as well as current president of A.S.S.R. welcomed the guests & all participants of this meeting. He also highlighted the aims & objectives of ASSR.

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