The Madhya Pradesh health department on Monday served a notice on the Palash Nursing Home in connection with the newborns selling case and ordered a probe into the incident.
Gwalior collector Sanjay Goyal said that the CMHO would submit a preliminary report to him by Monday evening.
The crime branch sleuths had raided the nursing home on Sunday and recovered two newborns without records. The police arrested the manager who reportedly told them that the babies were to be sold to customers for Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
Gwalior chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Anoop Kamthan said a three-member probe committee had been constituted under him to investigate the matter. The other members of the committee are district health officer SS Jadaun and district programme officer MS Rana.
Kamthan said that he and some other health officials visited the Palash nursing home on Monday to talk to the staff members, check the records and the patients’ list. “But we found that all the furniture had been removed from the nursing home most likely during the night after the police arrested the manager of the hospital,” he said, adding the monthly reports sent by this nursing home to the office of the CMHO would be checked now as they carry the details of delivery cases and medical terminations of pregnancy. This might help locate the parents involved in the racket, he said.
Meanwhile, the two infants have been shifted to a neonatal care unit at a government hospital in Murar. “Both the infants, who are less than two-month-old are fine.” Kamthan said, “We have to get the true names of the mothers and, if possible the name of the areas from where the babies, were abandoned by unmarried mothers or impoverished couples who couldn’t afford to raise them.”