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Charity doesn't begin at home for PGI doctors

Charity doesn't begin at home, seems to be the case for the doctors of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research when it comes to body donation.

punjab Updated: Jan 29, 2014 18:01 IST
Vishav Bharti

Charity doesn't begin at home, seems to be the case for the doctors of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research when it comes to body donation.

Though acting on advice of the doctors, a large number of people have pledged to donate their bodies, but not even a single doctor at the premiere institute has pledged for the cause despite institute running a campaign to motivate people for the past six years.

The institute started this campaign in 2007, since then total 1860 people from across the northern India have pledged their support.

"Most of these bodies have been pledged from Punjab, tricity, SAS Nagar and Panchkula," said Dr Daisy Sahni, head, department of anatomy, PGIMER.

However when asked her whether any of the PGIMER doctor has pledged their body she said no.
"Surprisingly, so far the answer is no," she said.

The PGIMER received its first body for donation in 2008. Since then the institute has received a total of111 bodies.

Body Donation Programme at the PGIMER, Chandigarh is helping the medical students all over the country to excel in teaching, research and even helping senior doctors during training.

"Many people are coming forward to pledge their support, yet we lot more is required for making it possible for doctors of different specialties to gain experience." said Dr Sahni.

According to experts, most of the medical institutions have shortage of cadavers for imparting training to medical students.

"Anatomy learning without hands on training cannot be considered perfect," said Dr SN Mathuriya, head, department of neuro surgery, PGIMER.

In 2011, the PGIMER inaugurated a "memory lane" comprising a permanent exhibition of the photographs of each person whose body was donated to the institute. The memory lane is titled as 'teachers forever'.

"These are the pictures of those from whose contribution generations of medical students will get trained," said Dr Sahni.

The memory lane comprises pictures of prominent people like Punjabi writer Santokh Singh Dhir, Asian Games gold medallist Ajmer Singh, Haryana's first chief secretary Saroop Krishen etc.

Charity doesn't begin at home, seems to be the case for the doctors of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research when it comes to body donation.