How was baby taken from ward?
> Subramaniam directs Health Ministry to probe hospital kidnapping of newborn
PUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has ordered his ministry to investigate the kidnapping of a five-day-old baby girl at the Tanah Merah Hospital in Kelantan on Tuesday.
Saying that the incident should not have taken place, Subramaniam said that the ministry is taking the matter seriously.
“The baby would (probably) have been in the neo-natal ward of the hospital or could have been with her mother. How could this happen?
“The ministry has distinctive guidelines and a security system regarding the procedures to discharge and bring out a baby from the hospital,” he said during a press conference after launching the 2016 National Antibiotic Awareness Week at the Putrajaya Hospital, yesterday.
He said that the ministry will be investigating the case further as no one can easily bring a newborn out of the hospital without proper papers.
“Hopefully through the investigation, the ministry will be able to determine how the baby could have been brought out without triggering suspicion.”
His comments came after a Malay daily reported that a man had discharged a baby girl and left the hospital with her on Tuesday night.
The infant’s father lodged a police report after finding his daughter missing from the ward.
Police tracked down the infant the same night and found her in the possession of a couple in Pasir Puteh.