Suwaiba Abdul Mumin, the 42-year old woman whose newly born baby has been stolen at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) says she is confident her baby is alive.
“They told me my baby is dead, but they have not been able to produce the body…I am confident my baby is alive,” she told the BBC last Friday.
Suwaiba gave birth on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. All indications are that the baby was born alive but midwives who attended to her claim the baby was born dead. However, they have failed to produce the body of the so-called dead baby after Suwaiba’s family asked for it, sparking a nationwide outcry and a demand for the hospital to produce the baby.
The Public Relations Officer of KATH, Kwame Frimpong, deploring his Public Relation skills to convince the public that the baby had been born dead claimed firstly that the so-called dead baby was placed on the mother for her to know the baby was dead and secondly, that Suwaiba thumb-printed documents after convincing herself that her child was dead.
The PRO’s story, many believe, can at best be told to the marines. Firstly, checks at the hospital indicate that his claim that dead babies are placed on their mother is untrue. The standard procedure is that children are placed on their mother if they are bond alive for bonding purposes.
Many have also questioned the credibility of the document, arguing that a document signed by a woman who had just given birth is not a credible document.