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Baby Hatches to be set up in Sabah

17-01-2015

(Published on 17-01-2015  Daily Express)

Kota Kinabalu: Baby hatches will be set up in the State to tackle the problem of baby dumping.

This is a Corporate Social Responsibility of KPJ Healthcare Berhad with the cooperation of the State Welfare Department.

Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad said this during a briefing by KPJ Healthcare Berhad at Wisma Tun Faud Stephen on Thursday.

Jainab welcomed this effort to educate society to be more caring, pointing out the effort was not to encourage baby dumping but ensure the welfare of the abandoned child is looked after under the supervision of the Welfare Department.

"Baby dumping is carried out by youngsters who have committed a mistake but are too scared and ashamed to face reality," said Jainab.

"As such the setting up of a baby hatch gives an opportunity to those who do not want the child to put it in a place prepared by KPJ Healthcare.

"The innocent child does not need to be thrown into the rubbish bin, thrown at sea or other places, instead they can come to KPJ Healthcare and place the child there."

Jainab also hopes KPJ Healthcare cooperates with government hospitals to monitor the condition of the abandoned babies as they may be immature or abnormal or dead.

"I also hope for the cooperation of non-governmental organisations to assist in this noble effort to address the problem of baby dumping in the State."

The official baby hatch launching is expected to be on Feb 16 at KPJ Healthcare Berhad.