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GCRG Lucknow cadaver row: Why would a medical college in take bodies from so far?

Human bodies donated for medical studies are usually transported to the medical college concerned within the first six hours of the death. Why should Dera provide body to a medical college in Lucknow when there are colleges in Haryana that can be reached in 4 to 5 hours are questions that remain to be answered.

lucknow Updated: Sep 11, 2017 13:27 IST
Gaurav Saigal
Probe will  include private medical colleges to see if there is a racket to supply bodies from Dera.
Probe will include private medical colleges to see if there is a racket to supply bodies from Dera.(Representative Photo)

Human bodies donated for medical studies are usually transported to the medical college concerned within the first six hours of the death.

Sirsa (Haryana) falls about 12 to 14 hours from Lucknow by road. Hence, in a new twist to the GCRC cadaver row, experts are raising eyebrows over the fact that a medical college in Lucknow got bodies from Sirsa for its students. “We accept body donation from a maximum distance of 200 kilometres,” said Prof Navneet Kumar, HoD, anatomy at the King George’s Medical University.

He said before keeping the body for long, there was a process to be followed. “Can’t comment whether or not they did proper body embalming before transporting it here but if they did not, then the fact that rigor mortis starts in the body about six hours after death will make it difficult for use of medical studies,” said Prof Navneet.

Why would a college take bodies from so far and why should Dera provide body to a medical college in Lucknow when there are colleges in Haryana that can be reached in 4 to 5 hours are questions that remain to be answered.

MEDICAL EVENTS UNDER SCANNER

After exposure of a medical college getting bodies from Sirsa, the medical education events that include cadaveric hands on training have also come under scanner.

The medical conferences include training sessions and part of the training is done on cadavers. The responsibility of arranging cadavers is on the college where the training is done.

The fact that rate of body donation is very poor in the state makes private colleges arrange bodies from outside the state. “We are probing the issue,” said SSP, Lucknow.

NOT JUST UTTAR PRADESH

Bodies from Sirsa were not just sent to Uttar Pradesh but also to other states, including Uttarakhand. “Some other colleges in other states also got the bodies for hands on training during the continued medical education programmes,” said a doctor.

Among the 14 bodies that reportedly came from Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, Haryana, to GCRG Medical College in Lucknow, eight were of women and six of men. Uttar Pradesh police will now coordinate with the Haryana police to cross-check the list of bodies..

Haryana’s health minister Anil Vij has already ordered an inquiry to ascertain if the Dera Sacha Sauda had sent 14 bodies to the medical college in Lucknow.

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As the matter was noticed after a union health ministry letter stating that the college obtained bodies without following proper procedures, probe will also include other private medical colleges to see if there is a racket to supply bodies from Dera.

The letter dated August 17, from the union health ministry, had pointed out that the explanation offered by the college in obtaining 14 cadavers from Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, Haryana without requisite permission and death certificates was inappropriate and it was a serious issue to be looked into by the authorities concerned .