Breakthrough -- and Bibile lives again

  • 10 Jul 2005 04:14:43 GMT

    It is good to hear that National Medicinal Drug Policy is going to be implemented, for which Prof. Senaka Bibile scarified his life. If Chandrika can implement this before her tenure ends, she can get a grade (A) in health. Come on Chandrika, go for it without dreaming the Nobel Prize for peace as proposed by some bankrupted Norwegians.

  • 10 Jul 2005 04:49:30 GMT

    Lets pay a slient tribute to Late Dr Sanjaeewa Ranwella, who fought hard for the same cause.

  • 11 Jul 2005 03:22:56 GMT


    Thanks for taking Dr. Ranwella`s name into this discussion. We all shoud pay our tribute these people (including Dr. Bibile) not only for the service they did to the country, but also for setting up examples for the generations to come.

    A final appreciation should also go to Dr. Thissa Witharana and Mr. DEW Gunasekara for their roles in this regards, and should be limited only to this.


  • 11 Jul 2005 05:58:16 GMT

    Pera and Muchalinda

    Can you describe some good work done by Dr.Ranwella and Dr.Bibile to the forum. it will help us to understand these two great people.

    I have heard of Dr. Bibile name but not sure in what regard.

  • 11 Jul 2005 12:46:10 GMT

    Dear dumindak (and ay others interested)

    Just to fill you in on Professor Bibile`s role in managing/ rationalising Pharmaceutical imports in Sri Lanka, please check:

  • 11 Jul 2005 12:53:50 GMT

    The Kotte Urban Council (as it then was) named the children`s park at Welikada Junction {opposite Welikada Plaza) after Dr Bibile. However, this name change was never put into practice.

  • 12 Jul 2005 03:16:14 GMT

    About Dr. Bibile:

    You may find very informative articles about him if searched in Google. He held the honour for devising the concept of Essential Drugs List to the world, which at the time considered a slap in the face of Pharmacuetical Jiants. This model was later adopted by WHO, UNCTAD and some countries of the Non-Alignment Movement. Obviously, he had to confront a huge opposition and interestingly some came from within the very government.

    Then prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike too hesitated first to digest what he suggested, but later was convinced to adopt his concept. He initiated manufacturing drugs within the country and pioneered seeting up Osu Sala. He is the founder and first Dean of the Fac. of Medicine, Uni. of Peradeniya. A Trinitian.


  • 12 Jul 2005 03:34:45 GMT

    About Dr. Sanjaya Ranwella:

    I was not aware much about this great person until he drowned to dead in Bolgoda lake. He participated in many Student Union activities while studying in the Medical faculty of the University of Colombo (Peradeniya?) and campaigned among his fellow doctors to practice Dr. Bibile`s policies. Having refused to enjoy a luxurious life as a doctor, he cared for the poor people and said to be very popular among the people around Panadura area for whom he offered free consultation (and Medicine).

    Proving his capacity in many different fields of Science, he made studying ecology of the Bolgoda Lake (an in-land water body stretching from Moratuwa to Panadura) his personal mission and said to have held the biggest collection of information about flora, fauna and animal species around the lake. Ironically, he drowned to death in the very lake he loved most in his life along with his wife Dr. Kamani Ranwell and their 13 months old son. He is a Royalist and the brother of the Divaina journalist Nayanaka Ranwella.


    PS: Correct if any information is wrong.

    PS2: A Final note about the death of Dr. Bibile which took place in Guyana, South America. His death, to date, is surrounded by many unclassified issues and some people still believe he was poisoned to death. His wife who was with him at Guyana at the time too believes this.