14 May 2014

Infant's Nightmare at a Cebu Maternity Hospital

Infant's Nightmare
In what could be a blatant example of child rights abuse and negligence of duty inside a private hospital in Cebu, a newborn was discovered by his parents with lips taped while still recovering at a nursery room.

Ryan Noval, the fuming father of the baby, posted several photos of his newborn son on Facebook showing the helpless baby’s lips were covered with tape on 9 May 2014. The baby named Yohannes was born last 3 May in Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPMH) Inc. and was supposed to be released last 13 May.

"Meet my son Yohannes Noval!! he cannot speak about his horrific experience from the attending nurse’s hands inside Maternity Hospital’s nursery…..so we have to speak out for him," Noval posted on his Facebook account.

"If you think your new born babies are safe, think again. Your babies could be silent victims and you will never really know about it!!!" he added.

In a report from ABS-CBN News, according to the father of the baby, his wife visited their baby inside the nursery of the CPMH when she discovered that a nurse covered their baby’s mouth with tape.

The nurse reportedly told his wife that she had to tape the mouth of their baby because the latter was crying uncontrollably causing too much noise inside the nursery room.

When his wife asked the nurse to remove the tape, the latter allegedly replied, “You can go ahead and take it yourself ma’am.”

After discovering the incident, Noval and his wife immediately filed a complaint against the nurse and they still waiting for the result of the investigation.

Dr. Raida Varona, CPMH medical director, told reporters that on-duty nurses assigned at the nursery during the time of the incident are being subjected to an investigation. However, she refuses to comment on how many nurses were involved in the incident or whether who is the culprit nurse.

Dr. Varona stated, though, that putting tape on the baby's lips is not part of their protocol.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas said that they urged the parents of the baby to file a complaint to their office so that they can investigate on the case.

Suzette Jabonete, DOH 7 public information officer, said that while they are waiting for word from the hospital on the results of the investigation, they've urged the concerned parents to file a complaint.