Video reveals abuse of children at state-run HIV centre in Vietnam

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Hanoi –  Five care workers at a -run care centre for HIV-positive children in Ho Chi Minh City have been suspended after local media released an undercover showing staff beating the infant.

The director of the city’s Department of Labour, War Invalids and Affairs, Tran Dung, said this on while addressing newsmen in Hanoi.

“The nannies were suspended on Monday immediately after the report was published in Tuoi Tre newspaper,’’ Tran said.

He said the video clip showed care workers at the kindergarten ward hitting the children, aged between 2 and 6, with slippers, kicking and slapping them.
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The footage was part of a month-long investigation by the newspaper which said the took place every day.

The director of the centre, Nguyen Tien, said the care workers admitted to hitting the children.

Nguyen also said that older children at the centre had in the past alerted authorities over allegations of abuse.

Report says Linh Xuan centre houses 120 children up to the age of 16 and employs 15 care workers. (dpa/NAN)