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Nurseries, kindergartens told not to refuse kids with hepatitis B

THE Ministry of Health asked nurseries and kindergartens nationwide not to refuse children with hepatitis B virus in a draft regulation announced yesterday.

The draft is seeking public opinion until August 15. It can be found on the ministry's Website.

Mothers of 101 children with hepatitis B wrote a group letter for help in November, asking the public to stop discriminating against their kids, Beijing News reported today.

However one mother surnamed Chen still worried that nurseries and kindergartens will refuse her child with some excuse even if the regulation takes effect, according to the report.

She told the newspaper such institutions could face pressure from other parents. Three parents the newspaper interviewed randomly yesterday all said they wouldn't let their children stay with babies who carry the hepatitis B virus.

According to the ministry, hepatitis B is transmitted through blood, sex and from mother-to-fetus. The law on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases states that children won't infect each other as they were given a vaccine injection after they were born.

Hao Jianling, a director of Beijing Tomorrow Kindergarten said her kindergarten had received objections from parents after accepting children who carried the hepatitis B virus.

She said whether a hepatitis B virus carrier is suitable to stay in the kindergarten varies from person to person and needs the approval of doctors, the report said.

The draft also stipulates nurseries and kindergartens should prepare one health care person for every 150 children.


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