The Ruhunu Clinical Society

Ruhunu Clinical Society (RCS) was founded in 1972 by Dr. Ranjan Fernando, visiting physician to Matara Hospital (A Base Hospital then) and few other doctors. The main reason was to have an educational forum for doctors in the Matara district.

Membership of the society constitutes the doctors working in health institutions both central government and provincial health institutions in the district and general practitioners in the area. In addition to being an organization with educational emphasis, RCS has also functioned as a social hub for doctors in the area. With the expansion of health services in the area the society membership has grown significantly with close to 500 doctors now involving with the society.

In addition to Annual Academic Sessions regular clinical meetings held in Matara, society publishes Journal of Ruhunu Clinical Society from year 1994. Dr. SPW Kumarasinghe was the founding editor.

The History of "Ruhuna"

Matara is located in Ruhuna or “Rohana ratta”. “Ruhuna” is the name given to Southern part of the ancient settlement crescent of Sri Lanka. Mahaweli River separates it from more famous Rajarata Kingdom. Ruhunu kingdom has played a vital role in shaping the history of the island by providing refuge and resources to the Rajarata kingdom when faced with external invasions.

At times it had not been shy to express their own Ruhunu independence. The ancient “Ruhunu” (adjective of Ruhuna in Sinhalese) kingdom of the Ancient Sinhalese kings consisted of what are today the administrative Districts of Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Moneragala and parts of Sabragamuwa and Eastern provinces.

Though numerous artifacts have been unearthed of prehistoric settlements in the region, recorded history of the region goes back to 5th century BC, to King Paduwasdewa’s period.

At least from 246 BC Royalty of the region is considered descending from Anuradhapura kings as brother of King Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura , Mahanaga established Kingdom of “Magama” in the banks of Walawe River.

Most of the stone inscriptions that mentions king Mahanaga have been recovered from present Ampara district disputing the popular beliefs of location of Ruhunu kingdom in Hambantota district.

The Council Members

Post Name Designation
President Dr. Lanka Tennakoon Consultant Pediatrician, DGH Matara
Vice President Dr. Sameera Wijesinghe Consultant Radiologist, DGH Matara
Immediate past President Dr. R.P. Jayasinghe Consultant Physician, DGH Matara
Secretary Dr. Chandana Mohotti Consultant Orthopedic, DGH Matara
Assistant Secretary Dr. Janaka Chandana Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Thanuja Mendis Medical officer, DGH Matara
Treasurer Dr. Shyaminda Kahandawa Consultant Endocrinologist, DGH Matara
Editors Dr. Vajira Dharmawardhene Consultant Psychiatrist, DGH Matara
Dr. Nishantha Liyanapathirana Consultant Genito Urinary Surgeon, DGH Matara
Librarian Dr. Roshan Gunarathna Consultant Cardiologist, DGH Matara
Social Secretary Dr. Ravi Wijesinghe Consultant Physician, DGH Matara
Dr. Saman Kapilawansa Consultant Respiratory Physician, DGH Matara
Council Members Dr. Ushagowry Saravanamuttu Consultant Rheumatologist, DGH Matara
Dr. K.P.C. Pushpa Kumara Consultant Pediatrician, DGH Matara
Dr. Ranjith Paranagama Consultant Physician, DGH Matara
Committee members Dr. Jagath Samarasekara Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Prabath Gajadeera Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Dulna Meegoda Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. G.W.G. Sewvandhi Gayani Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Saranga Geeganage Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Samantha Weththasingha Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Gamini Gunarathna Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Samantha Wickramasinghe Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Priyantha Jayawardana Medical officer, DGH Matara
Dr. Sujith Jayathunga Medical officer, DGH Matara

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The Journal of the Ruhunu Clinical Society is published by the Ruhunu Clinical Society.
The journal is published annually. It corresponds with the annual scientific sessions of the society. The submissions are accepted throughout the year.