No leads on stolen baby; YCMH to post more women guards

Hospital has 93 security personnel, 60 of them permanent PCMC employees and 23 on contract; only 4 of them are women.

Even as police remain clueless on the whereabouts of the woman seen on CCTV stealing a newborn boy from the YCM Hospital in Pimpri on Monday, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to enhance security at the civic hospital. One of the steps would be to employ more women guards.

"Women would be posted as security personnel at women and children's wards. We are planning to recruit at least 25 more security personnel," said Dr Anand Jagdale, the PCMC health chief as well as YCMH superintendent.

The baby was stolen from the labour ward when the lone woman guard on duty was not present. "Taking advantage of this, the woman stole the baby," said Dr Jagdale. CCTV footage shows a woman aged around 30-35 taking away the baby.

"Once we appoint more women guards, we will have at least two in each ward," he said.

As of now, YCMH has 93 security personnel, 60 of them permanent PCMC employees and 23 employed on contract. "Of 93, only four are women," he said.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Prakash Kadam, who visited the hospital to take stock of security arrangements said they were taking strong measures to ensure foolproof security to prevent any repeats. "We are going to strictly monitor people going in and coming out of the labour ward. Security personnel have been asked to question every person entering or exiting the ward. We will keep a register of names of persons entering the labour ward and patients they meet," he said. Kadam confirmed that more women would be posted as security personnel and at least two would be for the labour ward.

"We will install a CCTV at the porch to capture people leaving the premises," he said. Kadam said the PCMC would also make it mandatory for one of the relatives to be always present with the patient.

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