Uttar Pradesh will photograph newborns to prevent swapping

June 17th, 2008 - 8:13 am ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, June 16 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh health department will ask all hospitals to keep photographs of newborns in their records to check the growing number of child-swapping complaints. “We would soon come up with a policy to prevent child swapping. According to the upcoming policy, it will be mandatory for all hospitals to photograph the newborn along with the mother,” Director General (medical and health) I.S. Srivastava told IANS.

The photograph will be kept in the hospital’s records, he added. Moreover, every hospital will have to attach an identity tag to the newborn.

In the last one year, over half a dozen complaints of child swapping have been reported from various hospitals in the state.

The latest came Saturday when a woman, Phoolmati, admitted to the the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital here, alleged that its administration changed her baby boy with a girl.

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