Lack of cadavers hitting research in colleges

Shortage of cadavers has hit anatomy research by postgraduate and undergraduate students in all the three government run medical colleges in Orissa.

Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 14:46 PM IST

Berhampur (Orissa): Shortage of cadavers
has hit anatomy research by postgraduate and undergraduate
students in all the three government run medical colleges in
Orissa.

Anatomists lament that the concept of voluntary body
donation has not been popularised in the state, which is one
of the reasons for the unavailibility of bodies for study and
research by medical students.

The issue was discussed at a two-day silver jubilee
conference of the Orissa state chapter of Anatomical Society
of India (ASI) here which concluded yesterday.

"We have suggested to the government to amend the
Orissa Anatomy Act 1975 to legalise voluntary body donation
for study by students," ASI president, B K Dutta said.

"We get only very few unclaimed bodies for study," he
said.

As against requirement of 20 bodies, the availibility
of cadavers is less than 10 in the 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.

"If the Act is amended, one can pledge to donate 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 taken to the colleges
for study and research," Dutta said.

PTI