With a family accusing the civil hospital staff of swapping their newborn boy, the demand to install CCTV cameras and recruitment of more security staff on the hospital premises has risen.
In 2010, the then principal health secretary had assured that CCTV cameras would soon be installed at various government hospitals, including Ludhiana civil hospital. But, three years on, the hospital is yet to get any cameras.
“There is a dire need to install CCTV cameras and to recruit more security staff to avoid untoward incidents. We have already requested the authorities to install CCTV cameras at the hospital. Also, there are only three security guards for the entire hospital, which is not enough,” said Shivram Saroay, president of Rogi Kalyan Samiti, an NGO.
Saroay said “There is also a need to issue passes to attendants of patients. This will help reduce inconvenience to patients, as anyone can enter any ward. Recently, some women, who came to the cancer detection camp, reported that their cash was stolen by a pickpocket. The cameras will help check movement of visitors and also the behaviour of doctors with patients.”
Meanwhile, Rajinder Kaur, an attendant of a patient in a labour room, said, “Female guards should be appointed at the labour room, and cameras should be installed at the entrance. This will keep a check on those visiting the labour rooms. Moreover, these steps would help women patients feel secure.”
“On Thursday, a couple had accused the hospital staff that their child was swapped. CCTV cameras would definitely help with security of patients and their babies,” said a hospital employee, requesting anonymity.
Assistant civil surgeon Dr KS Saini said they had written to higher authorities for recruitment of more security staff.
Civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta agreed that CCTV cameras would bring relief to patients as well as the hospital staff.
“I will write to the higher authorities for installation of CCTV cameras at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital,” he added.