Mbale. Police in Mbale District are investigating circumstances under which a three-week-old baby was reportedly stolen from Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.
According to police, the baby was stolen on February 28 by an unidentified woman, who is currently on the run. Daily Monitor has learnt that the woman had disguised herself as an employee of the hospital.
The director of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Emmanuel Tugaineyo Ituuza, said: “While in the hospital, she entrusted the stranger with one of her babies, who was not sick and took the sick baby for treatment but on return, she found the woman and baby missing.”
Dr Tugaineyo said this is the first incident of a baby theft since 2017.
The Mbale District police commander, Mr Mathias Turyasingura, confirmed the incident and said the mother of the baby, Ms Aisha Nafuna, had entrusted the woman with her baby, who later disappeared.
Ms Nafuna, a mother of twins and a resident of Mooni Cell, Wanale Division in Mbale Municipality, had gone to the hospital to seek medication for one of her sick children.
“We have launched investigations to establish how the baby was stolen from the hospital but we also learnt that the mother entrusted one of her babies with the said stranger, who later disappeared with the child,” Mr Turyasingura said.
The Acting Elgon Regional police spokesperson, Mr Robert Tukei, appealed to the public to volunteer information to help police to arrest the suspect and recover the baby.
“The general public should support police with information in case they see the suspect in their areas of residence,” he said.