Not long after a baby abandonment center in Guangzhou was forced to stop taking in children due to the large number of infants being dropped off, China’s health watchdog has now decided to release a regulation on the safety of newborns, ordering that those without guardians be placed under better care.
The rules on the safety management of newborns, released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, also orders medical institutions to consult with the mothers or other guardians to confirm the deaths of foetus and infants, and should not treat the bodies as medical waste.
In the case of stillborns or dead infants with infectious diseases, institutions should obtain the guardians’ consent before disposing of the bodies in line with laws and regulations.
The commission noted that the rules improved safety for hospitalized newborns.
The problem in the case with China’s “baby hatch” facilities is that the infants are often dropped off anonymously.
Meanwhile, the regulations released on Friday require hospital staff to provide more professional care when it comes to preparations of medicines, equipment and expertise during child delivery, as well as an improved management system for newborns entering and leaving hospitals.
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