The Ahmedabad Civil Hospital will soon get a new post mortem room close to the 1200 bed hospital within the Civil campus. Sources in the know said the Rs 12 crore project will also have a specialised covid autopsy area apart from a modern autopsy laboratory and a seminar hall.
In the past several instances of dead bodies kept in the cold storage units of the post mortem room getting decomposed or eaten by rats have come to light. In one incident it was found that more than one body was stored in the same storage unit.
The hospital had sought a new post mortem room long back but for some reason, the demand never saw the light of the day.
A senior official of the directorate of medical education told Mirror that the state has given the approval to construct a new post mortem room for Rs12 crore.
“An area near the 1200 bed hospital has been allocated for the same,” said the official.
The project will be implemented by the Project Implementation Unit of the state government. The new post-mortem room will have 84 cold storage units and will be centrally air-conditioned. It will have a separate area for autopsy and three laboratories to aid the autopsy. A seminar hall and academic autopsy room for students is also part of the plan.
“ Currently there are 40 cold storage units of which 50% are non-functional,” said a source.
It will also have the usual autopsy tables, doctor room, record room and a police table.
Civil Superintendent Dr Rakesh Joshi said the hospital urgently needs a modern post mortem room. “The state government has given the nod for the same and the structure will come up in the next one to two years,” said Dr Joshi. Ahmedabad Mirror