A ten-day-old infant, Muhammad Uzaifa, is suspected to have been kidnapped by an unidentified woman posing as a member of staff from the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).
Shehreyar, the baby’s father hailing from Mashogar, said he had brought his wife for treatment to the gynaecology ward on Monday as she was unwell after giving birth.
“At 11.30pm, a woman identifying herself as a hospital nurse entered the ward and turned the lights off. In a few minutes my wife woke up and the baby was not on her bed,” said the father.
He alleged that hospital staff, including doctors and nurses, were involved in the crime, and added many children had been abducted from the hospital in the past but the administration had not completed an inquiry or punished those responsible.
Sheheryar demanded the safe recovery of his son and said he would file an FIR against the ward staff who was on duty on Monday night.
LRH Chief Executive Dr Arshad Javed visited the ward along with Medical Superintendent Dr Iqbal Afridi, claiming this was a serious matter for the hospital’s administration.
Javed added a four-member committee comprising Professor Mumtaz, Assistant Professor Dr Sumara, senior registrar Dr Fawad and DSP Yasir Aman had been constituted to probe the matter.
The chief executive said the committee would submit its findings in 24 hours, and those found to be involved would be punished in accordance with the law. Later, the father lodged an FIR against the unidentified culprits at Kabli police station.
The LRH staff came under the limelight for another criminal case last month when a woman’s tortured body was found in the hospital’s accident and emergency ward. The Peshawar High Court took suo motu notice of the case on March 27. In its remarks, the bench had said the murder could not have been possible without help from a staff member.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2013.
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