A newborn baby, one of a pair of twins, was stolen from the maternity ward of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Thursday. As the mother was suckling the other twin, the suspected thief, who had befriended her at the hospital, ran away with the child, so runs the report. This patently speaks of abject lack of security, especially at such a sensitive section of the hospital where maternity wards are situated. We cannot simply accept such security lapse in a premier state-run hospital of the country. Evidently, it is none other than the hospital authority that must take responsibility for the unfortunate incident and be answerable to the parents who lost their baby.
The porous security system of the DMCH is manifestly evident from the fact that there is hardly any control over the visitors' entry into and exit from the hospital. Given the unhindered access of the fourth class employees of the hospital to its every nook and cranny, it is not improbable that some of them may be amenable to inducements from dishonest and motivated quarters from outside. From the manner in which the baby was abducted from the DMCH, one can hardly dismiss the possibility of a nexus between the general employees and outside criminal gangs.
There in no room for taking the incident lightly as this is not the first case of child abduction from a hospital in the country. The DMCH authority must take every possible measure so that the abductor is arrested and the baby is rescued and returned to its parents.