Inspection required for Russian children’s care-homes

Presidential Council has called for a comprehensive inspection of residential childcare facilities


Human rights defenders have taken special control of a psychoneurological care facility in Irkutsk region where four children died of an intestinal infection.

The Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC) has requested a comprehensive inspection of childcare institutions in the Russian regions, said HRC member Yana Lantratova.

Members of the HRC Standing Commission on Public Scrutiny intend to pay particular attention to the inspections in the Cheremkovsky psychoneurological residential facility in Irkutsk region. Four children living at the care facility died of an intestinal infection. To date, 31 children have been taken to hospital in Irkutsk, with seven in intensive care, according to TASS.

“This case has revealed a serious problem – insufficient monitoring of the quality of food in children’s institutions. This is especially important during the summer, when there is a higher risk of gastrointestinal illnesses. Through the HRC Commission entrusted to me, this situation has been taken under special control”, Lantratova told RIA Novosti.

The HRC Commission on Public Scrutiny in the Social Sphere, headed by Lantratova, began work in April 2016. Its tasks include monitoring social institutions and improving legislation on public oversight.

Author: Georgii Ivanushkin

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