Jul 1, 2014, 4:35 PM
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Free health treatment for child laborers

Tehran, July 1, IRNA -- Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said admission and health treatment for child laborers and their families in all public hospitals will be free of charge.

Wednesday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quoted Hashemi as saying that the phenomenon of child labor appeared in the last 20 years in Iran, stressing that the government must help child laborers.

"Child labor is a reality in many parts of the world, including Iran. They are the result of the wrong policies of previous governments and parliaments," he said.

“Some of them are born addicts, others are looking for work from early morning till late at night, most of them suffer from malnutrition and several of them are susceptible to social disorders.”

The minister noted that they are all in dire need of help.

"Unfortunately, Iran has no precise statistics on the number of child laborers and their conditions. The only information at hand is data regarding street children, because they are very visible, but this does not give the complete picture,” he said.

Hashemi said earlier some hospitals did not admit child laborers due to their drug addiction, adding that there will be one specific hospital in each province for them.

“Some child laborers do not have ID cards and therefore did not receive vaccines. The problem would be soon solved in the country's health system,” he said.

Hashemi urged Iran’s Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare and State Welfare Organization to coordinate efforts to resolve their problems by 2016.

Iran is a signatory to the Brasilia Declaration on Child Labor, which was signed by governments during the III Global Conference on Child Labor held in Brasilia, Brazil, from October 8 to 10, 2013.

Along with employers’ and workers’ organizations and non-governmental organizations, as well as regional and international organizations, representatives of 193 countries vowed to eliminate the worst forms of child labor by 2016, while reiterating the overarching goal of eradicating all child labor by immediately stepping up efforts at national and international levels.

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