Scarcity of dead bodies is affecting Anatomy study in Nigeria — Prof. Ajao laments

Prof Moyosore Salihu Ajao, a professor of anatomy at the University of Ilorin, says the paucity of dead bodies is harming the study of anatomy and the achievements of its attendant advances in Nigeria.

Speaking at the university’s 214th Inaugural Lecture, Moyosore noted that one of the distinctive aspects of studying anatomy in most schools is the lack of “raw materials” required for practical sessions.

“They are never sold in the market in any area of the world,” the expert told Independent, alluding to the availability of d#ad bodies for research. Because human anatomy is the science concerned with the human body’s architecture, these structures cannot be fully grasped via written descriptions, dimensional drawings, or plastic models.


For millennia, human body dissection (cadavers) has served as the foundation for studying the structure and functions of the human body. To put it another way, properly comprehending the significance of cadavers to mankind is far more than we should disregard.


The recurrent shortages of cadavers in the department were the first big difficulty I observed when I started as a new lecturer in the department of anatomy, and a brief search of other universities revealed that we are not alone in our battle to find bodies fit enough for dissection.


According to one of my investigations, approximately 12 to 15 kids shared a body, despite the fact that the International Standard recommends a limit of six students per body.


The National Universities Commission recommends an average of eight students per body in Nigeria.”

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