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‘RFID tags for newborns in a fortnight’

July 17, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:58 am IST - VIJAYAWADA:

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags will be introduced in all government maternity hospitals within a fortnight to protect newborn babies, according to Minister for Health Kamineni Srinivas.

Talking to the media after restoration of male infant to the parents in the Government General Hospital here on Saturday, Mr. Srinivas said the introduction of the tagging of newborn infants was delayed because it was challenged in court. The stay on RFID tagging was vacated recently and system would be introduced on a pilot basis in the Guntur General Hospital.

It would be introduced in all government maternity hospitals after a fortnight. The Minister said that security cameras would also be installed in government hospitals to prevent theft of children, he said. The services of staff found to be involved in the kidnap of the infant boy would be terminated so that such a thing would not be repeated, the Minister said.

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