Probe on cases of baby snatching in hospital premises pushed

 A LAWMAKER is calling for an inquiry, in aid of legislation on the cases of abduction of newborn babies in hospitals.

In House Resolution 2795, Rep. Emmi A. de Jesus (Party-list, Gabriela) said based on police records, there have been several cases of baby snatching happening within hospital premises.

“The latest incident of baby abduction happened on September 4 of this year when a 3-day-old baby Gabriel was abducted from the Sta. Teresita General Hospital’s premises located in Quezon City,” De Jesus said.

De Jesus said the mother of baby Gabriel, Cecilia de los Santos, alleged that a doctor took baby Gabriel from her for a newborn screening test.

“Baby Gabriel’s mother Cecilia learned her baby was not undergoing newborn screening test and the baby was not in the hospital premises when a nurse came and asked about the baby’s whereabouts.

De Jesus cited another incident based on an online news article of Ana Lea Macdon for Patrol ng Pilipino about Jennifer Francisco’s three-week old baby who was also abducted in a hospital allegedly by a woman who claimed she was a social worker and promised to finance the baby’s medical needs.

“Under similar circumstances to Baby Gabriel’s abduction was the abduction of Mary Grace Cawili’s newborn inside the Ospital ng Maynila in April 2011 by a woman who pretended to be a nurse,” De Jesus said.

De Jesus said another case of baby snatching happened in March 2011 when Imelda Polsotin’s newborn was abducted in a hospital in Ligao, Albay.

“According to online news, Polsotin fell asleep while talking to a woman who pretended to be an expectant mother and who she alleged took her baby,” De Jesus said.

What is frightening, De Jesus said, is that these incidents of abduction of babies happened inside the hospitals where there should be strict compliance with security and safety standards as mandated by laws and international instruments.

“Hospital security and safety measure are extension of health care such that their compliance should not be taken lightly,” said De Jesus.

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