THE Provincial Health Office (PHO) is yet to implement the ordinance requiring hospitals to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, more than a year after this was passed.
PHO head Dr. Cynthia Genosolango admitted that a budget for CCTV cameras is not in their annual procurement plan.
In August 2014, the Provincial Board (PB) approved an ordinance requiring all hospitals and health institutions in the province to install security cameras in “critical” areas.
These critical areas include wards, pathological nurseries or neo-natal intensive care units, emergency rooms and other areas determined by the hospital policies.
The ordinance, authored by PB member Sun Shimura, was approved, following the issue of a baby whose mouth was allegedly taped by one of the medical personnel inside the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House Inc. on B. Rodriguez St., Cebu City.
The implementation of the ordinance was brought up after a baby in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, which is located beside the maternity house, was stolen inside the facility by a 26-year-old call center agent.
However, Genosolango did not see the urgent need to install CCTV cameras.
“Para namo dili kaayo siya namo (But for us, we do not see the) immediate need (to place the CCTV cameras) because in the first place we don’t have nurseries,” she said.
Capitol has 16 provincial and district hospitals.
Genosolango said nurseries are not usually available in the district hospitals because the newborn babies are handed to the mothers immediately.
Aside from this, they have encouraged immediate breastfeeding for newborn babies by the time the mother comes out of the delivery room.
“So we don’t need a camera to monitor, naa bay nag-tape sa ilang baba or something, kay ang (if there is a baby whose mouth being taped and the like because the) mother is the one taking care of their newborn. But, we will have that implemented for safety and security purposes. So we hope to see that implemented within the year 2016,” Genosolango added.