Nobody to watch over who enters DCH maternity ward | Noida News – Times of India

NOIDA: A day after a newborn was kidnapped from ESI Hospital in Sector 24, a visit by TOI to the Sector 39 District Combined Hospital (DCH) on Thursday showed that it’s easy to walk into the hospital’s maternity ward on the third floor. This despite 86 CCTV cameras installed in the building and 25 security guards working in two shifts at DCH.
The attendants have passes to enter the maternity ward, but TOI did not find the guards checking those on Thursday. Also, most visitors walked into the labour room without any checks by the guards.
The hospital officials said that two guards remain stationed outside the ward during the day while one is there round-the-clock. However, the guards, said the officials, are still unaware of the security measures for managing any crises or emergencies though there is a plan to give them sensitisation training soon.
When contacted, Dr Rajendra Kumar, chief medical superintendent at DCH, said, “I have access to 16 cameras on my phone, and the officials in Lucknow monitor another 16 cameras. The security teams are under orders to be more vigilant in the wake of the incident at ESI hospital.”
Recently, the hospital became a target of thefts, with several bathroom fittings stolen on May 3. According to the hospital administration, it identified the suspects through CCTV cameras and informed the cops and also instructed the guards to stay vigilant.
The officials said the hospital would soon engage ex-servicemen to ensure additional and more professional security cover around the maternity ward.
The DCH recently shifted to a new building in Sector 39 from Sector 30.

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