The Government General Hospital (GGH) In Guntur, a city in the state of Andhra Pradesh (also known as A.P) has become the first hospital to adopt RFID technology to prevent infant-lifting.
The Government has introduced an RFID tagging system in which the mother and child are equipped with tracking tags. This initiative has been taken to reduce the number of child-lifting incidents that take place within the hospital. The capital region of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati will be the first to adopt such RFID solutions.
Health Minister, Kamineni Srinivas launched the tagging system in Government General Hospital in Guntur and hinted that an RFID tagging system would soon extend to other facilities including teaching and district level hospitals, maternity hospitals and other community health centers within a month.
Srinivas said in order to reduce the number of infant-lifting incidents, one tag will be attached to the mother and the other tag to the newborn. Both tags would be connected to a receiving monitoring systems which would go off if anyone other than the mother carries the child. Security personnel would be alerted and an alarm will go off to be able to easily catch the culprit.