President calls GMOA Chief to get first hand info

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has telephoned President of the Government Medical Officers Association Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya yesterday following his comments made  to The Island on the pathetic sight of bystanders photographing and videoing passengers injured after two trains had collided head-on at Pothuhera on Wednesday.

Dr. Padeniya was travelling to Anuradhapura in the ill-fated Deyata Kirula intercity train, leaving behind his official car in Colombo to conduct lectures at the Medical Faculty of the Rajarata University, where he is the Acting head. He escaped unhurt.

 "The President expressed regret about the behaviour of some who photographed the injured rather instead of helping rush them to hospitals," Dr. Padeniya said.

 The President told the GMOA head that if they were to avoid such accidents in the future, the railway had to be modernised adopting satellite technology and promised to discuss the issues with the senior officials of the Railway Department.

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