Maternity house issued warning

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Friday, July 4, 2014

THE Department of Health (DOH) central office has issued a warning to the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPCMH) over the hospital’s alleged use of pacifiers on newborns.

Health Undersecretary Janette Garin, during a visit yesterday in Cebu, said DOH learned about the allegation that CPCMH nurses placed medical adhesive tape on the mouth of the newborn child of Jasmine Badocdoc and Ryan Noval, supposedly to keep a pacifier in place and prevent the infant from crying.

She said the DOH can only issue a warning at this point because there is not enough evidence against CPCMH. With enough evidence, the hospital may be face sanctions that would affect its license, she added.


Garin said that if it is true that CPCMH gives pacifiers to newborns, the practice is “unethical.”

She said parents who have similar complaints against the hospital should report their experience to the DOH.

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund discourage the use of pacifiers because it may confuse babies who are supposed to breastfeed.

Pacifiers have also been linked to increased risk of infection in babies.

Garin said the taped baby controversy raises the need for DOH to closely monitor hospitals and their compliance to regulations.

DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas told reporters that the controversy caused them to reconsider revising requirements for hospitals applying for licenses.

He said the issue should serve as warning to other hospitals.

He said DOH 7 has submitted a report on its own investigation on the issue, along with the findings of the Regional Subcommittee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) to Health Secretary Enrique Ona.

They also furnished Ona a copy of the settlement agreement allegedly signed by Badocdoc and CPCMH officials.

Badocdoc denied signing the settlement agreement.

Bernadas said the settlement agreement does not affect the results of the DOH investigation.

“The findings are about compliance to DOH standards,” Bernadas said, adding that the baby tapping incident is an act of non-compliance.

He said that the DOH 7 will wait for Ona’s decision on the issue.

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

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