Yenepoya Medical College Holds Disaster Victim Identification Workshop

Department of Forensic Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya considered a university in collaboration with EAAF Argentina organizes a workshop on Disaster Victim Identification (DVI)

Mangaluru: How should first responders react in the event of a disaster? How do you collect corpses at the site of an air crash or bombing so that their identity can be established more quickly and correctly? How should evidence be collected at a disaster site without any evidence tampering and whether the evidence collected is reliable? How to establish the identification to give them the last rites?

Answers to the above questions and questions related to disasters and forensic liability can be obtained through disaster victim identification (DVI) training programs for forensic experts, dentists and police personnel.

The Forensic Anthropology Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Yenepoya Medical College, in collaboration with Equipo Argentino de Anthropologia Forensic (EAAF) who are world leaders in the exhumation, identification and respectful return of cadavers, a DVI training workshop has been given to the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology fellows who are taking the course in different parts of India. A simulated scene of a fire in a hotel was reconstructed as well as a disaster scene with some dismembered dolls as corpses.

The PG Diploma in Forensic Anthropology is the first course of its kind in India, an offering from the Department of Forensic Medicine and it is the 8th year of the course. Each year, up to 15 experts are trained in the field of forensic medicine, anatomy and dentistry. This is an example of the University’s encouragement of lifelong learning, where motivation to learn and acquire new skills that are becoming a necessity in a changing world is facilitated. The DVI module is a 4-day module at the end of which the scholarship holder will be competent in the DVI approaches applied in a given context.

This year, Dr. Tania Delabarde from EAAF Argentina, currently working at the Institut médico-légal de Paris, is the main resource person. She brings a wealth of experience from dealing with many disasters. Dr. Vina Vaswani is the course director. Dr. Leena Pramod is the course coordinator and Dr. Nasir Ahemad is the forensic anthropologist who facilitated team learning. Dr. Shah Nawaz Manipady, Professor and Head of Forensic Medicine Department, Kanachur Institute of Medical Sciences was the guest observer and he was congratulated by Dr. Kishor Kumar B, Professor and Head of Forensic Medicine Department.

For more details on the course, those interested can contact Dr. Nasir Ahmad, Forensic Anthropology Cell; 9406532084

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