Lack of vehicle, defunct refrigeration room discourage body donors’ kin


AmritsarPosted at: Jun 14, 2017, 12:42 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2017, 12:42 AM (IST)GOVT MEDICAL COLLEGE

The defunct plant of the refrigeration room at Government Medical College in Amritsar. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Manmeet Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 13

There are a few persons who pledge to give their bodies after their death to medical colleges for medical education and research. But lack of a vehicle and a proper refrigeration room at Government Medical College is further discouraging their relatives to fulfil their commitment.
At the time of filling the pledge form, the applicant is informed by the college that the family would just have to make a call on the mentioned phone numbers and the college would make all arrangements for transportation of the body from the residence to the college.
However, as the college does not have any vehicle for the purpose, a few families make arrangements on their own. Most of the families are inclined towards cremating the body instead of donating it to the college after seeing the arrangements.
Even once the body is transported to the college, the family members are often stay in a state of confusion or sometime think to take the body back due to the defunct refrigeration room. The room is lying defunct for the past many years.
The same thought came in the mind Sardul Singh’s family. Sardul had pledged to donation his body to the medical college.
Sardul Singh’s son Amaninder Singh said, “After seeing the condition of the refrigeration room, once we thought that we should take the body back to home and forget about our father’s wish.”
He said the college could easily encourage the people to donate bodies by ensuring that these would not be left rotten.
Earlier, a few dead bodies were disposed of because these were rotten. The college authorities said the refrigeration plant was old and it developed snags frequently.
They said a grant for the new plant had been received but the condition of the preservation room was also bad.
The authorities said they were contemplating to set up a new room before the installation of the refrigeration plant.
Dr Ravi Kant, head of the Anatomy Department, said, “The bodies are being preserved by using chemicals and it is a widely prevalent technique. At present, the college has preserved seven bodies for medical education purposes. Efforts are being made to sort out the existing problems.”

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