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Action plan detailing postmortem policies drafted

15 March 2019, MVT 15:42
From the Maldives Forensic Stakeholder Meeting. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
15 March 2019, MVT 15:42

Maldives Police Service drafted an action plan in association with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) which focuses on the ethics of postmortem conduction as well as investigations into finding the cause of death.

The action plan was drafted at the Forensic Stakeholder Meeting held in Iskandharu Koshi on Tuesday and Wednesday, with 44 participants. The aim of this meeting was to create a medical-legal system that maintains basic human dignity in dealing with the deceased.

A total of 18 institutions from different fields took part in the meeting including representatives from the Ministry of Health and a number of hospitals. Officials from various Councils, Correctional Services, Ministry of Islamic affairs and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) were notable participants as well.

In the closing speech delivered by Health Minister Ameen, he highlighted that although the directive of the Health Ministry is to save lives, the ministry's responsibilities did not end upon the loss of one.

Minister Ameen also thanked the organizers of the event for planning a meeting that included participation from numerous stakeholders related to resolving cases of death.

In addition, Assistant Commissioner of Police and Deputy Head of Specialist Support Abdulla Ahmed stated that discussions were held detailing the necessary procedures followed while conducting a postmortem in relation to a criminal investigation. Topics of discussion included that of the most ethical ways to transport a body as well as means of determining deaths caused by natural causes.

“This is important not only for Maldives Police Service. The discussions were based on how to shape the entire medical-legal system of the country”, said Abdulla.

Moreover, Abdulla noted that further policies regarding the issue will be established in reference to the action plan drafted in the Forensic Stakeholder Meeting.

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