Screening system to vet people working with children expected ready by March

KUALA LUMPUR: A comprehensive screening system to vet people working in the childcare industry is expected to be ready by March, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

"We are now working on a children's check system which will be prepared in March," the deputy prime minister said after the launched of R.O.S.E (Removing Obstacles to Cervical Screening), an innovation by Universiti Malaya (UM) and the VCS Foundation (VCSF) of Australia to accelerate the drive towards cervical cancer elimination in Malaysia on Monday (Jan 14).

Dr Wan Azizah also urged parents to conduct background checks on their children's babysitters.

"If we want to give our children to any parties to be taken care of, we must also be responsible, because if it happens, it is a tragedy, it is very sad.

"We must have certain criteria when looking for people to look after our children. I know there are circumstances where you can't really choose, but you have to be more selective of who you send your child to," she said.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said this following the death of a nine-month-old boy who was allegedly abused by a babysitter in Sibu.

On Jan 7, the victim, Aariz Harraz Zahim Azman, was rushed to the ICU in critical condition with bleeding in the brain and fractures on the left side of his skull.

His parents, who are teachers, dropped him off with the suspect on Jan 5 before going to work, but they went back to the babysitter’s home after receiving a call from her.

Aariz Harraz, was declared brain dead by doctors last Saturday (Jan 12).

He died on Jan 13 after doctors turned off the life support machine.


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