There are 30 institutions of forensic medicine and forensic sciences in Guayaquil

A snapshot from the opening day of the Forensic Science and Forensic Science Institutions Meeting. Image: trade

The cadaver treatment It was before and after in Ecuador after the pandemic. The forensic laboratory had to take into account the important aspects and the knot that arose in the past: protocols, logistics, personnel … It is true that there was flood of the dead Capacity was exceeded at the time when an average of 200 bodies were collected per day, but there were also lessons.

This is how he sums it up Milton ZarateCEO of Forensic Science Service of Ecuadorwho, although acknowledging the correctness of the burial of about 50 unidentified bodies, asserts that it was not due to the lack of capacity of the entity’s experts, but rather due to the lack of further information from relatives.

“had become Great criminal mission. It is not completed due to lack of information”, insists on this thinking on June 27, 2022, in the framework of an interview with EL COMERCIO, moments before the opening of the 14th meeting of the Ibero-American Network of Legal Medicine and Forensic Scientific Institutions, which will take place in Guayaquil Until Wednesday, June 29.

Meet Ecuador

The Ibero-American Network was created in 2008. At this event, headquartered in Guayaquil, 30 officials from Forensic Medicine From different countries, including 21 directors and representatives of the United Nations and three experts from the Red Cross.

The organization is a technical, scientific, and academic community that serves as the basis for the practice of forensic medicine. According to Zarate, the meeting will make it possible to strengthen and define relations Academic and technical agreements And carry out potential projects at the local level. Thus raising the level of expert operations.

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The country’s director of forensic science told the media, that it has a project on the agenda to expand the service Forensic Medicine With a new laboratory, in Milagro, in order to relieve the congestion present in Guayaquil, which receives an average 10 bodies a dayIt is one of the cities with the heaviest deaths recorded in the country.

This lab, and nine others planned for the rest of the country, are part of a proposal that was expected to be funded with US$30 million within three years. The entity’s budget is US$9 million, so the director expects the government to finance part of it. He acknowledges that there is also a need for mortuaries, which are lacking in many municipalities.

The massacre in prisons is a lesson

Another challenge I faced Forensic science It is a massacre in prisons. In the past year alone, six massacres were recorded in the country’s prisons. Last November alone, 68 violent deaths were recorded at the Center for Deprivation of Liberty in Guayaquil, and in September of that year, another 119 prisoners were killed.

This experience also rearranged the forensic agenda. In Guayaquil, for example, the exercises were organized like this experts Be prepared for another fact like this. “The massacre in prison is like a natural disaster, you never know when it will happen,” the official says.

Agenda and conference

The meeting is held at the Hotel Oro Verde all day until Wednesday. In addition, a conference will be held in the disciplines of the University of Espirito Santo, in the Foundation Hall, where topics such as technology and innovation in forensic sciences, as well as research, integrity and genetic profiles will be addressed. Entry is free and will be broadcast on networks.

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