Kamloops maternity ward installing electronic security system

KAMLOOPS - The maternity ward in Kamloops is upgrading its security features to protect newborns.

Kris Kristjanson, the health services director at Royal Inland Hospital, says they are simply upgrading the current system to an electronic one.

The upgrade is not in reaction to any incidents on the ward.

“This is definitely an upgrade. The current system is not all electronic, so this is a new enhanced system that is completely electronic,” he says.

The system which is sometimes referred to as an anti-infant abduction system will keep the ward, which can hold up to 20 infants at a time, locked.

Kristjanson says the bid worth between $240,000 and $290,000 will soon close and after administrators select a vendor the service it will be installed by the end of spring.

“I’m very pleased that we’re moving forward and implementing this new electronic enhancement to our security and protection of infants at Royal Inland Hospital,” he says.

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