The allegations are not only numerous but also very serious. The common charge is that pharmaceutical or drug companies are influencing -- in harsher terms resorting to bribery and corruption to get -- practising doctors to prescribe “certain” brands of drugs whatever the illness of the patient. Samples of drugs not just a few but boxfuls, souvenirs and prescription pads are handed out, charged a spokesman for the People’s Movement for the Rights of Patients (PMRP), who declined to be identified.
Crocodile geckos on the ceiling, snakes in the garden, flying squirrels, hundreds of flying insects during the night and trumpeting of wild elephants remind me that I am a total outsider or an invader to the land that belongs to the wild.
I am at a forest lodge tucked away in the wilderness of Habarana and Galkadawala, by the ancient Galkadawala tank. Galkadawala Forest Lodge is a refuge for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.