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Police to keep watch on increasing baby lifting

Ensuring safety: Police registering the details of persons bringing children to the Salem Government Medical College Hospital following frequent incidents of children missing on hospital premises. -

Ensuring safety: Police registering the details of persons bringing children to the Salem Government Medical College Hospital following frequent incidents of children missing on hospital premises. -  

Special Correspondent

Details of children brought to hospital to be recorded

SALEM: Shocked over the increasing incidents of baby lifting, particularly the new-born male infants, on the premises of the Salem Government Medical College Hospital here, the City police in coordination with the hospital administration has chalked out a plan to prevent such acts in future.

Accordingly from Wednesday, a team of policemen had started recording the details of the children who were being brought to the hospital. The details such as child’s name, age, ailment and mothers name were noted in a special register kept at the entrance of the hospital. This enables us to keep track of those who bring the children inside the hospital and those who take them out of its premises, claims a police officer.

Simultaneously, the hospital management was asked to step up their security on its premises, particularly at labour and child wards where the newborns were being kept. Nurses also had been asked to be ever alert against the stalking baby lifters. They had been given special training in this aspect. Just a moment of carelessness will lead to such tragedies. “How can we console the mothers?” a senior doctor claimed.

A woman lost her one-day old male infant from the child ward on June 11. It is the second such incident in the hospital in two months. Though the police formed special squads, the missing infant was yet to be traced.



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