By Nirmala Kannangara
Members of the Institutionally Qualified Homeopathic
Medical Practitioners Association (IQHMP) have alleged
that "the fraudulent conduct of the head of the
country's Homeopathic Medical Council (HMC) has become a
threat to the country's entire homeopathic medical
According to the IQHMP, Dr. S.D.P. Perera, the president
of the HMC is using the office building and office
equipment provided to HMC by the Health Ministry to
conduct his own private meetings and study courses -
courses that according to the IQHMP are nothing less
than "classes for quacks."
the Health Ministry has asked medical institutions -
Western, Ayurvedic, and Homeopathic - to forward the
names and registration numbers of their respective
registered practitioners to the police in order to help
the Ministry nab medical quacks, it is alleged that Dr.
S.D.P. Perera has made a concerted effort to safeguard
bogus doctors by issuing fake certificates through his
private foundation - The Lanka Homeopathic Foundation.
Sources claim that Dr. Perera has granted 160
homeopathic quacks temporary registration (Provisional
Registration) under Section 27 (3) of the Homeopathy Act
in order to allow them to carry on practicing
homeopathic medicine in the country.
According to the Homeopathy Act however provisional
registration can only be granted to those who began
homeopathic practice before 1979i.e. (before the
effective date of the Homeopathic Act) and such persons
should have appeared before a board nominated by the
minister(not the Council) for the purpose of verifying
their knowledge in homeopathy.
misconduct at the HMC has disgraced the country's once
esteemed homeopathic medical system and raises questions
as to why the Indigenous Medicine Minister Tissa
Karaliyadde and Secretary, Indigenous Medicine Ministry
continue to be silent on the issue despite matters being
brought to their notice on many occasions.
According to the Homeopathy Act No. 7 of 1970, Section
27(1) no person can be registered as a homeopathy
practitioner unless he/she has followed a course in
homeopathy for not less than four years at a recognised
homeopathy institution in India, Pakistan or any other
Lanka Homeopathic Foundation offers diploma certificates
to totally unqualified practitioners. Anyone who joins
the foundation and pays a fee for the classes, receives
a diploma and the legal recognition they need to
practice," claimed a source at the IQHMP who wished to
Posing as qualified doctors
only homeopathy practitioners, but quacks posing as
qualified doctors in the Western and ayurvedic medical
traditions are also alleged to be using these 'diplomas'
to give themselves some legal status.
rectify this problem, the Minister should exercise his
powers under Section 11 (1) of the Homeopathy Act and
remove the present president and appoint a replacement.
Dissolving the HMC should be an option," recommended a
qualified homeopathy practitioner. He continued, "It
is the responsibility of the HMC to prevent quacks being
churned out under the present head of the council who is
actively promoting quacks and quackery."
first Homeopathy Act was made law in 1970 and the first
council was elected in 1977 for a period of 10 years by
the then minister of health. All seven elected members
were institutionally qualified members," the sources
A pre requisite
Act required even those who had been practicing
homeopathy for a decade to face examinations as a pre
requisite for receiving recognition as legitimate
Registration was only conferred on candidates who
successfully passed the council's exams and those who
failed to pass these exams within five years of the
implementation of the Act were disqualified from
term of the first council expired in 1989 and more than
40 practitioners failed to pass the examinations.
However during the tenure of the second council a
request was made to the Attorney General (AG) to grant
permission to hold referral examinations for those who
had failed the council's original exam.
was absolutely incorrect and referral examinations had
already been held." Not knowing that the second council
had misled him however the AG vested the second council
with the power to hold examinations and confer legal
recognition. The council duly held these 'referral
examinations' without abiding by any of the previously
stipulated procedures and the HMC quickly became a
breeding ground for quacks.
this time the second council had violated the Homeopathy
Act twice - first by misleading the AG and then by
holding the examinations in violation of the previous
result of this loophole the homeopathy medical system in
Sri Lanka has been inundated with quacks.
Sunday Leader learns that of 110 registered
practitioners in the country only 35 are institutionally
qualified. Most homeopathy doctors are only 'qualified'
due to the 'recognition' granted to them by the HMC.
Further it is alleged that Dr. Perera has conducted
examinations to offer one-year diplomas to registered
homeopathy practitioners at his private foundation -
Lanka Homeopathic Foundation.
Questions have been now raised as to how Dr. Perera
could use the prefix 'Democratic Socialist Republic of
Sri Lanka' for his private foundation certificates. Even
the foundation identity cards too carry the same though
no action has been taken so far to correct this
illegality and violation of Council ethics.
Sources told The Sunday Leader that requests have been
made to Minister Tissa Karaliyadde to take corrective
Not illegal – Dr. S.D.P. Perera
President, Homeopathic Medical
Council, Dr. S.D.P. Perera when queried as to why he
used the prefix ‘Democratic Socialist Republic of
Sri Lanka’ for his private foundation certificates
and identity cards, maintained that his actions were
"Why are you asking such a silly
question? There is no such restriction. I have not
committed any breach of the law and if I did, the
government would have taken action against me," Dr.
Perera told The Sunday Leader.
Illegal to use ‘Democratic
Socialist Republic of
Sri Lanka’ for a private foundation – Registrar, Sri
Lanka Medical Council
Registrar, Sri Lanka Medical
Council, Dr. Nonis told The Sunday Leader
that it was illegal to use the above words by
"It is totally illegal for a person
to use the phrase ‘Democratic Socialist Republic of
Sri Lanka without receiving Cabinet approval," added
Additional Secretary instructed
to take action
– Indigenous Medicine Minister
Indigenous Medicine Minister Tissa
Karaliyadde told The Sunday Leader that he
has already instructed the Ministry’s Additional
Secretary to take action against the Homeopathic
Medical Council president for issuing fraudulent
certificates to unqualified persons.
"I was informed that Dr. Perera was
abusing his powers. I have now instructed the
Additional Secretary to take the necessary action
against him. He has failed to obtain Ministry
Minister Karaliyadde alleged that
Dr. Perera was using the council building and
property to hold his private foundation meetings in
violation of the law.
"All these charges would be
considered when taking appropriate action against
him," the Minister added.
"If your paper could visit my
Ministry, I could disclose more information about
Dr. Perera’s misdeeds," he added.