The Discipline of Clinical Anatomy held its annual dedication ceremony which pays homage to donor families and highlights the significance of body donation.
The programme started off with a prayer from Rev Dr Mathibe Lehlogonolo. Lecturer, Dr Pamela Pillay, gave the welcoming address and a brief background on the study of Anatomy and the benefits of this course to Medical students.
‘In South Africa, donors are critical components in the study of anatomy. Cadavers not being allowed for dissection has made anatomy stagnant. Through the body donation programme, students are able to get first-hand interactions with humans,’ said Pillay.
The UKZN body donor programme is in line with the National Health Act 61 of 2003 which aims to advance medical education, training and research.
Postgraduate student, Mr Steven Okiki, and second-year Medical student, Mr Brindley Stanley, acknowledged donors and their families for their contribution in advancing their careers as future doctors.
‘The way everything was handled was mind-blowing. We could never thank you enough for your respect and kindness. We will task ourselves in creating awareness and getting more body donor signatures as this is for a good purpose,’ said one of the donor families.
Led by second-year student, Miss Zinhle Msomi, the programme ended with second-year Anatomy students taking an oath.
Words and photograph: Mandisa Shozi