Hazaribagh, March 13: A mortuary, the first in Hazaribagh, and a post-mortem house were inaugurated at the renovated isolation ward building of sadar hospital this morning in the presence of representatives of different religions.
The building, which was lying unused and split to house the two units, has been named Swarg Mahal.
Social worker Mohammad Khalid, who is known for performing the last rites of unclaimed dead bodies, was at the inaugural as the units began functioning from the building that was renovated at the cost of Rs 1.27 lakh.
Khalid pointed out that relatives of victims whose bodies were sent for autopsy had to earlier visit sadar hospital first for paper works, before rushing to the post-mortem house in Kolghati 1.5km away.
Hazaribagh civil surgeon V. Kumar had sent a letter to his Ramgarh counterpart last year, refusing to perform post-mortem on bodies sent from the neighbouring district.
Coincidentally, the first autopsy at the post-mortem house in the revamped building today was done on a body sent from Ramgarh.
Deputy commissioner Manish Ranjan, who visited Swarg Mahal with civil surgeon Kumar in the afternoon, said the two units were important for the hospital. He said the mortuary would ease the problem of storing dead bodies.
Ranjan promised better storage facilities in future and directed Kumar to ensure sheds with sitting arrangements outside the building.
He also asked Kumar to develop a park in front of the building.
Ranjan also instructed hospital staff to maintain cleanliness.