NCCM: Hospitals deny street children constitutional right to treatment
Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood Azza al-Ashmawy - YOUM7 (Archive)
By MOHAMED MAHSOUB and NESMA HOSSAM

CAIRO: Street children’s access to vital services, in particular healthcare, came as a priority during Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) Azza al-Ashmawy’s statement to Youm7, Monday.

Ashmawy affirmed the importance of undertaking concerted efforts to resolve the problems facing street children, and granting them access to services in packages that guarantee human rights and dignity, pointing out that the two aspects cannot be divided.

She added that hospitals generally refuse to treat street children, as they do not have IDs or official papers, and as such the children cannot receive treatment except through civil society organizations.

Further, many streets children are afraid to go to hospitals, for fear of being reported to the authorities, leading to the spread of disease among them, and often death. She added that the Ministry of Health is prepared to deal with streets children, but has yet to take steps on the ground.

The constitution provides for the right of equal health treatment for everyone, especially in emergency cases, as all rights are protected, particularly the right to life.

Originally published by Youm7.

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