The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal (RIMS) has taken up steps to install OT Lamp System to initiate post mortem at night or after sunset at the hospital which will focus mainly on organ donation and transplants.
As per the protocol of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry, the post mortem to be conducted after sunset will exclude the cases of homicide, suicide, rape, decomposed bodies and suspected bodies.
The after sunset post mortem will prioritise on the cases of accidents, natural death, VIPs and on bodies to be to be taken by flight. Video recording will be a compulsion for the said post mortem.
According to sources, bodies brought to RIMS are being referred to JNIMS mortuary as the OT Lamp System Installation started from March 29 at RIMS. The installation is estimated to be completed within a week's time.
It may be mentioned that cases from Imphal West, Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Senapati, Kangpokpi and Ukhrul districts were brought to RIMS mortuary.
According to RIMS mortuary in-charge, around 20 to 30 cases are brought to RIMS every month from the said districts.
The in-charge also said that most of the cases were fire armed cases and it drastically decreased after the infamous incident of Th Rabina and Ch Sanjit which happened on July 23, 2009. For now, most of the cases are accident cases, the in-charge said.
Sources added that RIMS mortuary lacks manpower as compared to the cases. The Virtopsy technique has taken over the Conventional method (Dissect) in carrying out post mortem in some states of the country. The Virtopsy technique is conducted by using MRI without dissecting the body.
Former RIMS director Prof Santa tabled the concerned authorities to implement the Virtopsy technique in the mortuary but failed to put to work during his time.
AIMS, NEIGRIHMS and a private hospital in Bangalore are the first in the country to use the virtopsy technique and NEIGRIHMS uses both conventional and virtopsy techniques in special cases.