On taping: Hospital ‘violated baby’s rights’

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


CEBU CITY -- A hospital whose staff allegedly taped a pacifier to a newborn’s mouth violated the child’s rights, among other possible offenses, according to the initial findings of a committee investigating the incident.

As this developed, the parents of a fifth baby whose lip was also allegedly taped has sought the help of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

During a meeting in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office, the Regional Sub-committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) agreed to come up with a joint resolution within 15 working days, starting on Monday next week.

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Lawyer Dante Jadman, RSCWC spokesperson, said they have identified some lapses by the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPCMH), but declined to reveal them. All the agencies involved will come up with separate assessments, which the committee will then collate.

All Jadman would say was that the hospital appeared to have violated some standards, including proper breastfeeding practices, guidelines on newborn care and the child protection policy required by the United Nations (UN).

Grace Yana, who represents the DSWD 7 in the committee, said that each member-agency must come up with their evaluation of the incident and the inter-agency task force will then consolidate these.

She added that initially, the RSCWC found that there was a clear violation of the rights of the child.

Jadman added that the results of the investigation can be used by the parents if they file a case against the hospital.

The results, Yana said, can also be used to implement some reforms, particularly in how hospitals deal with their youngest patients.

Also, the CHR 7 revealed that a fifth taped baby has been reported to their office.

Lilibeth Llona, CHR 7 investigator, told reporters this latest incident was reported to them by Jasmine Badocdoc, the mother of the first baby whose plight was revealed in a Facebook post.

Badocdoc provide Llona this week with a picture of the fifth baby, again from the social networking site.

Llona revealed that the baby was born back in 2011 but its parents decided to report the matter now, following reports on the taping of pacifiers to babies’ mouths.

Llona said that while the parents of the baby have no intention to file a case against the hospital, they sent the pictures to support Badocdoc’s case.

Jadman, however, urged the other parents to come forward. He said the first case would serve as a precedent for all other cases that may follow. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 05, 2014.

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