Study of human cadavers is an essential part of learning in the discipline of Medicine. Cadaver is unique biological specimen but its availability is quite limited and relies entirely on willful body donation. There is increasing social awareness nowadays towards pledging for body donation.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Nagpur, got enlisted as an approved institute by “Maharashtra Anatomy Act-1949” in June 2020, thereby enabling the institute to receive body donations for academic purposes. With the untiring efforts of the Director & CEO of AIIMS Nagpur, Major General Dr Vibha Dutta, the infrastructural support needed for receiving and preserving the bodies, was provided in very short time to the institute located in Mihan.
With the coordination of the Medical Superintendant of AIIMS, Dr Manish Shrigiriwar, AIIMS received first body donation in July 2020 from a resident of Sai Savli Vruddhashram, Manish Nagar, Nagpur. Recently Dr Manish Shrigiriwar awarded the Certificate of Body Donation to Mrs Vishakha Mohod, Corporator and Director of the Vruddhashram. Due to covid-19
restrictions, body donation had limitations in the previous year. However, Dr Shrigiriwar stated that institute will facilitate body donation and observe Covid-19 precautionary measures too.
Professor of the department of Anatomy of the institute, Dr Aaditya M. Tamekar, thankfully acknowledged the noble deed of the resident of Vruddhashram. He informed that the Anatomy department will receive whole body donation for academic purposes only and not for organ transplantation. Department will soon start enrolling those citizens willing to pledge for body donation. All the guidelines laid by the Maharashtra Anatomy Act will be followed in the institute regarding body donation. Embalming of bodies shall soon be started for transportation purposes.
The updates in this regard will be provided on the institute website <aiimsnagpur.edu.in>.