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Shade relief for kin in RIMS

Ranchi, June 1: Family members and friends of victims of unnatural death, who visit RIMS, would no longer have to wait under the scorching sun. For, a spacious shade is being constructed for them outside the post-mortem room.

The work, which began last week, is likely to be completed within a fortnight. People would be able to sit on benches affixed to the ground in a U-shape under the 60x30ft shade.

RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal said the place would be known as prayer hall, where people can pray while waiting to receive bodies of their relatives and friends after post-mortem.

“The place would provide a proper venue to the kith and kin of the deceased to come together and share moments of grief in a peaceful atmosphere,” Aggarwal said.

Sources said that at present, people visiting RIMS for post-mortem of the deceased have to keep waiting for hours on the road or under trees. Waiting in such a situation used to be difficult during rains, summer afternoons and winter evenings. The prayer hall would help minimise their problem,” said an official of the post-mortem department, requesting anonymity.

The post-mortem room at RIMS is located at the rear of the forensic medicine department. Police officers from across the district come to RIMS with dead bodies for post-mortem required in medico legal cases. Other than police officials, common people also go there to receive bodies and meet the family members of deceased persons.

RIMS is an autonomous body established under an act of Jharkhand Assembly. Established in 1960 and originally called Rajendra Medical College and Hospital after Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. The medical college and hospital began operations in February 1965. The institute provides free medical service and medicines to patients. At present, it is upgrading its different departments. Facilities are being provided under its development programme.

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