Cheluvamba hospital to get CCTVs

Cheluvamba hospital to get CCTVs

Second hospital in State to have such facility, after Vani Vilas in Bangalore

Flooded with the complaints of ‘missing’ of newborns and snap strikes by general public, the hospital authorities will shortly install CCTV cameras at the labour wards.

 The idea behind this was to check movement of unauthorised persons inside labour ward and also to ensure safety to new borns.

Instances of new borns going missing had become a big headache for the authorities in the absence of watch and ward facility inside the ward. The people used to gain entry into the ward claiming as relatives of some patients. This had resulted in missing and swapping of new borns from the hospital. The authorities were also showing their helplessness in the absence of strict vigilance at the labour ward.

The Cheluvamba hospital which is popularly known as ‘Herige Aspatre’ caters to hundreds of women patients, especially pregnant women, and records birth of several infants everyday. With the zest for having a male baby not diminishing in the society, there is at least one case in a month on an average which claims swapping of babies.
Sometimes there are also other allegations related to the infant’s death.

Resident Medical Officer Dr Gangamma told Deccan Herald that they have been chalking out plans to install CCTVs  since a couple of months to avoid such claims.

The procedures for the same are in progress and if everything goes well  the CCTVs may be installed within a fortnight or even earlier.

If the cameras are installed here, it will be the second hospital after the famous Vani Vilas Hospital in Bangalore to have such a facility.

The CCTV cameras would be installed at the two labour wards in the hospital and the monitor screens would be fixed outside the wards for the families to enable them to have a quick look of their new entrants. Now, the families of the women who undergo labour can have a look at their offsprings immediately after they are delivered,  besides flashing the names of the parents, so as to avoid any future confusions and complaints, she says.

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