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First health screening criteria for ayi issued

The city’s first health screening standards for domestic helpers, popularly known as ayi, was released yesterday. Eight local hospitals were also named as designated facilities for carrying out the screenings to ensure the safety and health of ayi and employers.

The standards were issued in light of the city’s first regulation on home-help services passed by the local legislature last month. Tighter and more regular health inspections are now required for management of domestic helpers.

The health screening standards, which were developed by the Shanghai Home Service Industry Association and the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, classify ayi into four occupational categories: ordinary service, family service, elderly people service, and new mother and infant service. The screening items differ based on these categories. Those serving new mothers and infants get the most stringent checks.

Infectious diseases like hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and syphilis, mental health, and drug use are among the screening items.

“Those passing the checks will receive a digital health certificate,” said Zhang Lili, director of the association.

Dr Lu Hongzhou from the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center said the city’s standards are much stricter than a national version and include more items related to public health.

Local residents have already embraced the new standards.

“I paid by myself to take new ayi to the hospital for health screenings, because they will take care of my little boy. It is good that the authority regulates a strict screening process and ensures the health of ayi,” said a local woman surnamed Gu.


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