Aizawl: The Mizoram assembly on Thursday passed ‘The Mizoram Anatomy Bill, 2019’. The Bill, introduced by state health minister Lalthangliana, would facilitate supply of unclaimed dead bodies or donated bodies to medical institution of the state for the purpose of anatomical examination and dissection.
The anatomy Bill, which is the first of its kind in the state, was unanimously passed by the state legislature after discussion involving at least seven members including house leader Zoramthanga and opposition member Lalduhoma.
Lalthangliana said the Bill, after enactment, would facilitate availability of cadavers for the Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER), the state’s first medical college, located at Falkawn village, about 16 km south of Aizawl.
He said that if a person dies in a hospital, prison or public places and his body not claimed by any of this relatives within such time as may be prescribed, the authorized officer will take possession the unclaimed body unless the deceased person prior to his death has declared that his body should not be used for anatomical examination and dissection or if there is any doubt about the cause of the death.
According to MIMER officials, the institution need at least 10 cadavers a year that would cost the institution more than Rs 8 lakh. They said that the institution currently have about 8 cadavers but incurred huge money in transporting them from outside the state.
MIMER was inaugurated by former chief minister Lal Thanhawla on 7 August last year. It began classes with annual intake of 100 students in three department- Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry after its inauguration in August.