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.

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