DIBRUGARH, Jan 22 - The Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) here has received two cadavers between January 16 and 19, which has been hailed by Ellora Vigyan Mancha as a big step in getting rid of superstition connecrted with donating whole dead bodies for medical science research.
Retired Oil India Limited official Punaram Saikia of Moran breathed his last on January 16 at a private nursing home here at the age of 87. As he had earlier pledged his eyes, his body was taken to the AMCH for the extraction of the eyes. At the hospital, his family members decided to donate the whole body to the AMCH for purposes of medical studies and research, which the hospital authorities accepted.
Three days later, a former employee of the Agriculture Department, Heramba Kumar Dutta, breathed his last after suffering from cancer. He was a resident of Milannagar here. His family members too decided to donate his whole body to the AMCH for research purposes. The AMCH authorities gratefully accepted the donation.
According to office bearers of Ellora Vigyan Mancha, whole body donation is necessary for medical studies by students. They said cadaver donation is a necessity for medical sciences and that people would have to get over superstition and start pledging whole bodies for the larger benefit of human society. Lack of cadavers often pose problems for medical students.