|A caregivers at Linh Xuan Child Sponsor was recorded smacking and using slippers to force children to eat. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper yesterday published a report that said caregivers at a welfare centre in HCM City smacked HIV-positive children and used slippers to force them to eat.
The report was the result of a one-month-long investigation by the newspaper's reporters at the HCM City-based Linh Xuan Child Sponsor Centre that offers care to 120 children.
There are 22 children in the three-to-six age group or those with mental illnesses who have to be fed.
Centre Director Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the five caregivers allegedly involved in the reported ill-treatment of children were suspended.
These five caregivers grew up at the centre and underwent training for child care.
Tien said the centre inspected the caregivers' work once a week, but failed to detect the physical abuse because they did not find any marks on the children's bodies.
Previously, some children at the centre had reported to the authority about another case in which caregivers hit the children. Three people involved in the abuse were punished.
She said the centre would install cameras to detect and prevent further abuse of children.
Director of the city's Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Tran Trung Dung said the department's officials reached the centre yesterday afternoon to conduct an inspection as soon as they saw the report.
Deputy head of the health ministry's HIV/AIDS Fighting and Prevention Department Hoang Dinh Canh asked the HCM City's health department, the municipal People's Committee and relevant parties to investigate the case. — VNS