Sunday, 30 October 2011

Body count falls short for medical study

BERHAMPUR: Lack of availability of sufficient cadavers has hit the anatomy research and dissention of postgraduate and undergraduate students in all the three government-run medical colleges in the state.
The concept of voluntary body donation has not been popularized in the state, which is one of the reasons of the non-availability of dead bodies for study and research of medical students, anatomists said here on Sunday.
The problem was discussed in the two-day silver jubilee conference of the Orissa state chapter ofAnatomical Society of India (ASI) here. The conference was concluded on Sunday.
"We have suggested to the government to amend the Orissa Anatomy Act 1975 to legalize voluntary body donation for study of students," said ASI president, B K Dutta.
"We get only very few unclaimed bodies for study," he said. As against the requirement of 20 bodies, the availability of cadavers is less than 10 in MKCG Medical College here at present, while the number is much less in two other medical colleges at Cuttack and Burla. Most of these bodies are also of inferior quality, hindering studies, the ASI president said.
"Once the Act is amended, one can pledge to donate one's body after taking one's relatives into confidence. A register would be maintained in medical colleges, listing the donors. After the death of the person, the body can be brought to the colleges for study and research," Dutta said.
Even though anatomists of all three medical colleges of the state have given their suggestions to the director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) for the amendment of the Anatomy Act and to popularize the body donation concept last year, no action has been taken so far, said a senior anatomist.
The state chapter of ASI also urged the government to declare medical colleges in the state as embalming centres to preserve bodies for a short period.

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