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Legislative Committee meets to Discuss the Draft of Executive Regulations for Child Law

May 1, 2009

Moushira Khattab: “Executive Regulations of Child Law contain an obligation for clubs and sports facilities to carry out medical examinations on children before playing sports and establish controls and conditions for licensing the establishment of nurseries specifying the tools and equipment to be available in them.”

Moushira Khattab, Minister of State for the Family and Population, stressed that the Executive Regulations of Child Law, focuses on the development of controls and rules that guarantee the application of the provisions of the Law thereby achieving the full enjoyment of the children of Egypt of all the rights and privileges contained in the amendments to the Law. The Executive Regulations also organize the practicing of the profession of midwifery and the conditions that have to be met by midwives and the penalties to be imposed on them if they falter in a manner that ensures the safety of mothers and babies at birth. Her Excellency added that the Executive Regulations also include amendments concerning the reporting of births, especially the right of the mother to report her child's birth and issue a birth certificate for him/her. The Executive Regulations also organized the practicing of midwifery and the regulation of their licensing to practice and the extraction and the data to be proven in this case, as well as regulation of child vaccination and protection without associating that with any exceptions as children under the auspices of the law have the right to be protected from the dangers of infectious diseases.

This happened during her presiding of the Legislative Committee of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood to discuss the draft amendments to the Executive Regulations of Child Law whereby 80 articles had already been completed in addition to the section on health and nurseries. This in activation of the amendments made to the Child Law last year which had focused on child protection and his/her best interests and devoting the factors of his/her upbringing to a proper upbringing within a framework of freedom and human dignity and to strengthening the rights of the child contained in the Constitution and various laws, in particular the Child Law.

The Minister/Moushira Khattab further added that the amendments of the Executive Regulations also covered surrogate families as a form of guardianship which is far from the guardianship forbidden by the law. The new amendments require the best conditions in these families to ensure a normal life for these children where they receive a proper up-bringing. The Executive Regulations also presented how to support the role of shelters and orphanages in the case of the absence of the appropriate number of foster families and included detailed procedures for orphaned children and the children of the mother who cares for many children and other groups of children who are suffering from needs not covered by the social solidarity pension.

Minister / Moushira Khattab then pointed to the fact that the Executive Regulations include an obligation on the part of sports clubs and institutions of all kinds to carry out medical examinations on children before they play sports with the maintaining of a health card that records the physical condition of the children and their suitability for the sport they want to play. She further explained that the amendments addressed the chapter on children's nutrition in order to take into account the nutritional needs of children, especially children who suffer from various diseases, such metabolic genetics. The Executive Regulations also identified the objectives of the role of the nurseries and the entry requirements, and the requirements that must be satisfied to license the establishment of nurseries as well tools and equipment required. A special article is devoted to specifying the qualifications and requirements to be enjoyed by all who are working in the nurseries, especially social workers in addition to all other employees.

The Minister of State for Family and Population then clarified that the amendments also specified the issuing of a health card for each child in which all his/her data is recorded. The Executive Regulations also clarified the method of safekeeping of the certificate and the data to be included in it and mandated that it be kept with the father or the guardian as well as delivered to the school where the child is enrolled and be presented to the specialized doctor any time there is a physical check-up. The amendments also specified the physical examination of the child periodically, at least once according to the schedule of vaccinations in the first year and every six months after this until the child reaches the fifth year of age and then each year thereafter. The amendments also highlighted the medical examination and its standards and that the attending doctors are committed to follow up the results of the examination on the detection of existing diseases that require periodic follow-up such as chest diseases, heart diseases and various types of disabilities.

Participated in the meeting were Chancellor/Adli Hussein, Governor of Qalubiya, and Dr./Abdel-Azim Wazir, Governor of Cairo and Professor of Penal Law and Chancellor Abdul Aziz Al Guindy, the past Attorney General.



 
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