Copperbelt Province Minister Mwenya Musenge has taken a swipe at Kitwe Central Hospital management over the negligence that resulted in a suspected baby swapping case at the institution.
Mr Musenge who yesterday, visited the parents of the baby suspected to have been swapped with another a month ago at Kitwe Central Hospital after delivery said it was unacceptable for such cases to occur when deliveries are conducted by well trained personnel.
He urged medical professionals to be extra-careful when dealing with such maternal cases.
The minister has since directed the hospital Medical Superintendent John Mwewa to ensure that DNA test is immediately conducted to clear the suspicion that the parents could have over the parentage of the baby.
Mr Musenge also donated assorted baby clothing and groceries for the baby.
The Copperbelt minister further assured the family that government will ensure that the baby’s father who has been suspended for work because of the baby case is called back by his employer , Kitwe United Football Team.
And Kitwe Central Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Mwewa said the hospital management is making arrangements for the DNA test to be conducted so that the parentage of the child is determined.
Dr Mwewa said the child and the parents will on Thursday this week be sent to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka where their blood samples will be taken and sealed in their presence and then sent to South Africa for testing.
Meanwhile the couple that has accused some Kitwe Central Hospital medical staff of swapping its baby has insisted that the baby they are keeping is not theirs.
The couple is also resisting to take the baby for a minor operation needed to treat some medical condition on the baby’s navel.
Last month a couple from Kitwe’s Buchi-Kamitondo township accused Kitwe Central Hospital staff of having swapped their baby boy with a baby girl after delivery.
The Mother of the child Anna Mwanza narrated that when she delivered at Bush Clinic, she was shown a baby boy but after being referred to Kitwe Central Hospital, she was given a baby girl.
And Dr Mwewa , the Kitwe Central Hospital Medical Superintendent said there was no baby swapping but the baby could have just been mistaken for a baby boy due to a growth she had on the genitals.