Radio frequency identity tag for newborn at Egmore hospital

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 26, 2018 02:00 PM IST

Chennai: As a matter of pride for the health care sector in the city, the Institute of Child Health and Hospital, Egmore celebrated 175 years of service on Wednesday.

At a function held on the hospital premises, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar inaugurated a safety system here by putting a Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFIT) on a new born baby to prevent them from being lost or stolen from the hospital campus.

A radio frequency reader will be kept near the mother. If the baby is moved away from her, the alarm would go off, sources said

The Health Department announced that an oldest person born in the hospital would be honoured with a gift.

According to reports, the history of the hospital dates to 1844 and was built by the British. Over the past many decades the hospital under went several changes and development.

The hospital was first located on the Cooum banks and was re-located to Egmore in 1882 and holds a lot of heritage.

Back in those days, British men were appointed as security guards, only in the 90's were Indians given employment at the facility.

The first India doctor to join the hospital was Sir Arcot Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar in 1942.

Many events including the All India Women Health and Maternity Congress was held on the hospital premises.

It is said that the hospital has also preserved medical tools used in the 17 and 18 century, apart from documents and materials of medical research dating to 100 years.

According to data, in 1885, only nine pregnancy related cases were recorded in a month, compared to now, where as many as 14,000 women deliver babies at a hospital in a year.

It was in 1973 that a new building came up on the premises. In 2007, the State Government at a cost of Rs 2 crore built an emergency ward and maternity care centre.