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Hospitals to sound alerts

mumbai Updated: Oct 19, 2010 01:21 IST
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Two days after a burqa-clad woman allegedly stole a two-month-old boy from VN Desai hospital at Santacruz, the administration has decided to use an audio platform to warn patients against suspicious people on the premises besides deploying women guards for their safety.

A woman allegedly kidnapped 25-year-old Pooja Mishra’s baby, Ayush, on Friday when Mishra had come to the hospital to get the boy and his twin immunised against polio.

Mishra had asked her mother-in-law, Shyama, 45, to take care of Ayush while she took daughter, Kumkum, for the dose. Pooja was on the second floor when an unidentified woman came to Shyama and said Pooja had asked her bring Ayush to her. Shyama handed over the child to the woman.

The family did not see the woman again and filed a kidnapping case with the Vakola police.
“On the lines of railway announcements, we intend to play audio messages in hospitals alerting people to beware of suspicious persons in the premises and urging them to report the same to hospital staff or authorities,” Dr Sanjay Oak, medical director (civic hospitals), told PTI.

“We plan to put up pictorial alerts displaying dos and don’ts on the issue.”
All counters for paperwork will be set up near the outpatients department on a single floor, to avoid such thefts, he said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon deploy 200 women guards in all civic hospitals. The Standing Committee of the BMC last week gave its nod for deploying 200 women guards at major civic and peripheral hospitals in the city, Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner, said.

Shaina NC, member of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive, led a delegation to the office of Ashish Kumar Singh, additional municipal commissioner, on Monday and demanded that security measures at civic hospitals should be more stringent.

She also demanded that visiting hours should be restricted and that hospitals should provide parents and their baby matching rubber bands for easy identification.