Hospital gets private security, floats CCTV cover plan

Published: Nov 07, 2012, 07:33 IST | Naveen Nair |

Almost 2 weeks after a baby was kidnapped from a ward in the hospital, the management hires guards from a private security agency and initiates process for CCTV cover on premises

Following extensive media reports exposing the lack of adequate security measures at Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital after a baby was kidnapped from one of the wards last month, the management has hired private security guards this month onwards to put to rest security concerns.

While the guards began duty from November 1, sources in the hospital management have confirmed that now the process to ensure CCTV camera coverage on the premises has been initiated and vendors have been invited to submit proposals for the units.

Not without my baby: Jasmine Naik, who refuses to be discharged from Wadia hospital until her baby is located and returned to her. File/Pic

Also, experts recently surveyed the hospital and are in the process of finalizing how many cameras will be required to cover the premises. As the proposals received so far vary with regard to the number of CCTV cameras required, the hospital management is planning to seek opinions from police officers and officers of the state home department before placing an order.

Meanwhile, 12 days after their child went missing from the hospital, Devdas and Jasmine Naik claim that the police are yet to give them any information regarding developments in the case. The police on the other hand, claim otherwise.

Jasmine has refused to be discharged from the hospital until her baby is located and returned to her. Her husband Devdas confirmed that his wife’s medical reports have been updated and state that she is fit for discharge.

Devdas said, “None of the doctors have approached asking us to leave the hospital so far. Even if they approach us, I will not leave until our child is returned to us. The police has not given us any information about our child since the day of the kidnapping.”

When asked about progress in the investigation, Senior Police Inspector Vikram Patil of Bhoiwada police station said, “Our teams are doing their best to gather leads in the case. We have not found any major clues so far. We are in constant contact with the parents of the kidnapped baby and updating them about developments in the investigation.”  

Baby stolen
Jasmine Naik (28) delivered a baby at around 8 pm on October 23. The next evening, Jasmine left her child and went for a walk inside the ward along with her mother. They returned shortly after to find the baby missing. The Bhoiwada police released sketches of the kidnapper across all police stations and to the media in order to nab the kidnapper as quickly as possible. However, no leads have emerged so far. 

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