Baby abducted from DGK hospital emergency ward

Hospital working without oxygen, CCTV cameras

M Kumail Hayder

Dera Ghazi Khan—One Shaheena Bibi has been deprived of her newborn child as the baby was abducted from Emergency Ward of Teaching Hospital, Dera Ghazi Khan. The newborn was abducted by two unidentified women yesterday evening due to mismanagement and negligence of hospital administration.
Muhammad Ishaq Khan (father of child) said that he had hospitalized his wife Shaheena Bibi in maternity ward. The newborn child was unhealthy and was shifted to Emergency Ward instead of children ward for oxygen therapy. Astonishingly there wasn’t any arrangement for provision of oxygen in maternity ward for newborn children. It was prime responsibility of hospital to provide oxygen therapy at maternity ward.
In emergency ward, he had gone to bring medicines on the doctor’s prescription leaving his father and mother there with the child. He said during his absence, two unidentified women came and told the his mother that they were taking the infant for ad-ministering oxygen therapy in nearby ward. Within minutes, the infant was out of the ward and abducted by the women impersonating as staff member.
When contacted SHO Civil Lines Police Station Rana Muhammad Iqbal told Police had registered a case vide FIR No. 198/16 under section 363 of Pakistan Penal Code. Search of abductors was ongoing, he added. To a question, the SHO said that due to non-functional of CCTV cameras particularly in the limits of emergency and maternity wards, police and patients were facing many problems.
The Medical Superintendent, Dr. Khalid Tahseen told media that investigation was underway. On a question, Khalid admitted that some CCTV cameras were non-functional in front of emergency ward.
He added that last year eight CCTV cameras were installed in hospital. Sources informed that last year sub-standard CCTV cameras were installed costing millions of rupees, but it could not work properly from the day first.

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