Surveillance cameras to be installed in ASH, Sobhraj Hospital soon

KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) health department has decided to establish monitoring system in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Sobhraj Maternity Hospital to control baby-lifting and medicines theft from there, sources at KMC told PPI on Tuesday.

Sources said the health department had decided to install close-circuit television cameras in two teaching institutions being run by KMC to ensure protection of children and monitor patients in the premises of the hospitals. The monitoring system will be installed in theses healthcares till June 2015.

The close-circuit television cameras will be installed in all departments of two hospitals, while trained security guards will also be deployed in these two institutions to protect patients and doctors in the premises of healthcares. The CCTV camera footage will help the police and security guards to identify the culprits involved in illegal activities like kidnapping of children in the in hospitals as such cases are common in government hospitals.

Sources said step has been taken over reporting of baby-lifting cases and medicine theft from the premises of hospitals every year. The administration will be able to control such incidents from the jurisdictions of hospitals in near future with installation monitoring system.

Sources said hospitals administration will be able to protect doctors, paramedical staff, nurses, children patients and their attendants within the premises of hospitals. They hoped that the security situation will be improved in these two institutions in future.

Currently these hospitals do not have proper surveillance system to monitor the movement of the public and patients at the entry and exit gates.

Senior Director Health & Medical Services KMC Dr Salma Kausar Ali said Finance Department Sindh under public-private partnership will be going to install close-circuit television cameras in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Sobhraj Maternity Hospital soon as they already completed inspection of these two hospitals in this regard.

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