Today at 4:00 am, the baby was found. The nurse did it. It is believed that she abducted the infant as her own child had died.
Mae and I really feel for the parents Noryati Abu Bakar, 31 and Mohamad Nordin Derais, 34. If the same had happened to us, I'm not sure we would be able to handle it. Thank God the baby was found. Kudos to the Police for breaking the case, and to the Star for highlighting it. And may God bless this family.
When the story broke on Sunday, hospitals all over the country tightened their security. Well, it's about damn time! Parents should never have to worry about the safety of their babies in the care of the hospitals. All hospital nurseries should adhere to the following safety measures:
But aside from these obvious security measures, hospitals also need to check on the background of their staff. In the Sungai Petani case, was the nurse in question ever given psychiatric evaluation after the loss of her child? Was she given proper psychiatric care? Should she have been transferred to a different department, instead of being in one that might further "aggravate" her loss?
Password/passcard activated door to nursery
Sentry post inside nursery
CCTV inside and outside nursery
Restricted entrance pass to dedicated nurses only
No unsupervised transfer of baby from nursery by parents or relatives
Security ID for nurses handling babies
What she did was wrong. But yet, I can't help but feel pity for the poor woman. I can only hope she will get the necessary medical attention for her condition. That's the least anybody can do for her now.