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Medicos foil bid to sell cadavers

By Our Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE, JULY 27. The attempt by the Head of the Department of Anatomy of the Kozhikode Medical College here to illegally sell cadavers to the nascent self- financing medical college set up by the Muslim Educational Society (MES) at Perintalmanna sparked widespread protests from the medical students on the college campus today.

The irate students gheraoed the Anatomy HoD, Aliyamma Fen, inside her cabin for two hours. They also smashed the windscreen and deflated the tyres of the M.E.S. Medical College vehicle parked on the campus. The vehicle was on the college campus to transport the cadavers to the M.E.S College.

Earlier, a few students came to know about the illegal sale after spotting the vehicle of the M.E.S. College. The commotion which began at 10-30 a.m. lasted on the campus till 4 p.m.

Suspended

The Government suspended Dr. Aliyamma on the basis of the findings of a preliminary inquiry conducted by two faculty members deputed by the Principal of the college on the orders of the Health Minister, Kadavoor Sivadasan.

The medical college Vice-Principal, K. Parvathy, who is temporarily holding the charge of the principal, in a message faxed to the Director of Medical Education (DME), Meenu Hariharan, in Thiruvananthapuram, had asked her to take disciplinary action, including placing Dr. Aliyamma under suspension on the charges of violating the procedures for selling cadavers.

She had recommended the action based on an inquiry conducted by two seniors doctors of the medical college, P. Rajan, Head of the Department of Surgery, and K. Venugopal, Head of the Department of Cardiology.

Probe panel

Dr. Parvathy told The Hindu that she constituted a two-member panel to inquire into the allegations after holding a meeting of the Head of the Departments and the College Committee of Management (CCM) when the students raised the allegation about the illegal sale of cadavers in the morning.

The inquiry report submitted by Dr. Rajan and Dr. Venugopal stated that no proper request had been given to the medical college by the M.E.S. College. The Kozhikode Medical College principal was not informed about sale of the cadavers and Dr. Aliyamma was not even aware about such procedures involved in selling cadavers, she said.

Procedures

Dr. Parvathy pointed out the college sold cadavers to other medical colleges at a price of Rs. 5,000 a dead body. But it strictly followed rules such as obtaining a formal request from the recipient, seeking the permission of the State Government, the DME and the approval of the college principal. The medical college principal, B. Jayalakshmi, is on leave for three months, she said.

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