By Gilbert Akampa and Jonah Muhooza,
Authorities at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital have tasked police to expeditiously investigate the case of theft of a 7-days-child who was stolen from the hospital to ensure the suspect is arrested and brought to book.
Last week on Friday, an unknown stranger stole a baby girl from the hospital post-natal maternity ward after she hoodwinked the mother and her mother-in-law thst she was taking the young baby for vaccination.
The baby was successfully recovered following a joint search between the hospital management and the police in Mbarara.
Halson Kagure, the Mbarara Referral Hospital Public Relations Officer said that the baby was found dumped besides one of the resident’s home in Ruti suburbs, Mbarara city south.
“We express our gratitude to everyone one’s helping hand that led to the recovery of a baby girl recently stolen from the mother in our premises. The bad woman had dumped her in Ruti suburbs Mbarara City. The mother can now smile. Let’s be vigilant as we give you our best shots,” Mbarara Regional Referral Hospitals tweeted
Kagure urges that much as the baby was recovered police should expedite investigations to apprehend the culprit
He noted that the baby was first assessed by the team of pediatricians to establish her health and was later reunited with her mother, Jean Asingyire.
Mbarara hospital has further strengthened security restrictions on unsafe discharge of mothers.
According to Kagure, the management has instructed security personnel at the hospital to always ask for discharge forms from discharged mothers before they are let out.
Medical workers and non- medical staff at the hospital have also been instructed to always appear in recognised uniforms for identity one way of cracking down masqueraders.
Mbarara Referral Hospital delivers over 40 mothers on a daily basis from within in and out side Ankole region which is it’s catchment area.
Normally, mothers who undergo normal delivery spend about 24 hours as opposed to C-sections mothers who spend a little big longer on Post natal Ward as they need further medication.