Baby Stolen From Hoima Hospital, Security Strengthened

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Hoima regional referral hospital is moving to strengthen its security measures after a baby was stolen from its mother just a day after birth.

Hoima regional referral hospital is moving to strengthen its security measures to prevent infiltration by wrong doers.

The hospital’s resolution follows an incident on Monday in which a baby was stolen from its mother just a day after birth.

Twenty-two year old Dorcus Aliguma lost her baby girl to Hadijah Nyanjura, who pretended to be an attendant in the hospital’s maternity ward.

Nyanjura, a 20-year-old resident of Kasomoro in Kyabigambire Sub County, allegedly stole the baby when its mother had gone to take a shower at about 7am.

Looking for her baby in vain, Aliguma reported a case of child theft at Hoima police station and police mounted a search. The suspect was arrested six hours later at Kiryabana cell in Mparo division, Hoima municipality, at her friend’s home where she had hid the baby.

Nyanjura and her friend Scovia Amanya are all in detention at Hoima police station while the baby has been returned to its mother. Nyanjura admitted to having stolen the baby to present to the boyfriend who has been asking her to get a child.

Godson Nimanya, the Criminal Investigations Officer-Hoima, had earlier before the arrest told journalists that the suspect will be charged with child theft once arrested.

But the incident has prompted Hoima hospital administration to scale up security measures to bar such wrong doers from infiltrating the facility.

The Principal hospital Administrator Salim Kivejinja says the hospital has now started name tagging the patients and their attendants for easy identification. Kivejinja reveals that on top of name tagging; only a single attendant will be allowed per patient.

The hospital has also closed the second gate, to ensure that no wrong doer takes advantage of it to enter the health facility.

The hospital administrator explains that on top of the child theft, last year the hospital lost an oxygen concentrator worth about four million shillings, a sewing machine and about 1.3 million shillings in cash to unknown people.