GUNYUR: Guntur GGH becomes first hospital to have RFID tagging system to prevent child-lifting

To end the menace of taking away newborns from the hospitals, the Government has introduced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to both the mother and the infant.

The RFID would first be introduced in the hospitals in the capital region of Amaravati.

Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas on Saturday launched the tagging system in Government General Hospital (GGH) in Guntur and hinted at extending the facility to all the teaching and district-level hospitals as well as all maternity hospital and Community Health Centres within a month.

Speaking on the occasion, Kamineni Srinivas said that the government has opted for the modern technology to curb incidents of infant-lifting. He said that one tag would be given to the pregnant mother at the time of admission and the second tag would be attached to the newborn. Both the tags would be connected to a monitoring system and an alarm will go off if anyone tries to take away the baby. This will alert the security personnel and enable them catch the culprits.“We wanted to introduce the RFID system six months ago, but could not do so due to various reasons.”he said.

Ministers Prattipati Pulla Rao and Kollu Ravindra, Zilla Parishad chairperson Sk Janimoon, GGH Superintendent Dr DS Raju Naidu, District Medical and Health Officer Dr T Padmaja Rani and others were present.