CHR probe: '3 nurses were at nursery'

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


CEBU CITY -- Three nurses were on duty at the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPCMH) nursery, which housed 30 newborns, when the parents of a seven-day-old infant discovered that their son’s mouth was sealed with a medical adhesive tape, according to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Central Visayas.

The CHR 7 investigated a report that a nurse at the hospital allegedly put medical adhesive tape on the mouth of Ryan Noval and Jasmine Badocdoc’s baby around 8 p.m. of May 8.

CHR 7 investigator Lilibeth Llona said one of the nurses told them that the tape was meant to keep a pacifier in place, not seal the baby’s lips.

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Llona said the nurses reportedly put a pacifier in the baby’s mouth to prevent him from crying and disturbing the other infants in the nursery.

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Tough baby
ONE TOUGH BABY. Ryan Noval welcomes the separate investigations of the Department of Health and Commission on Human Rights on the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House nurse who allegedly put a medical adhesive tape on his infant’s lips. (Sun.Star Photo/Rianne C. Tecson)

But Primo Cadampog, CHR 7 chief investigator, said the commission cannot go further with the investigation unless the parents of the baby file a formal complaint before their office.

The Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas, on the other hand, asked CPCMH for a copy of its investigation report on the May 8 incident at the nursery. The health department is conducting a separate investigation on the issue.

Suzette Jabonete, DOH 7 public information officer, told reporters that the health department also asked the hospital for its policy regarding patients in its neonatal intensive care unit.

CPCMH discharged the baby around 3 p.m. Tuesday after the infant’s parents met with the CPCMH investigation committee.

Noval said that during the meeting, hospital officials offered them a discount but they did not accept it.

“We paid our bills,” Noval said during a press conference. “While the rest of the world says that we should crucify them and have our baby for free, we are not that kind of people.”

He said he welcomes the separate investigations conducted by DOH and CHR, adding that he will execute an affidavit to help the two agencies.

He said the results of the investigations will guide their next move, like filing a case in court.

He said he hopes that their experience would bring reforms to hospital policies and practices.

The incident was brought to the public’s attention when Noval uploaded on Facebook a photo of his baby with the adhesive tape. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 14, 2014.

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