China baby hatch forced to close

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint China baby hatch forced to close by: – March 17, 2014 Share Share 53 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! More than 20 baby hatches have been opened across ChinaA baby hatch in southern China has been forced to suspend work after hundreds of infants were abandoned, overwhelming the centre, its director says.More than 260 children had been left at the welfare home in Guangzhou since 28 January, director Xu Jiu added.Staff will continue caring for babies already at the welfare home, all of whom suffer from illnesses, Mr Xu said.China introduced the centres so parents could abandon infants safely rather than leaving them in the streets.Supporters say the baby hatches save lives, but critics say they encourage parents to abandon their children.Mr Xu announced the suspension on Sunday, saying that 262 babies had been left at the centre since the scheme began in January.“I hope everyone understands the difficulties the welfare centre faces,” Mr Xu told Xinhua news agency.“We are temporarily closing the centre [to new babies] so that we can properly care for the infants already at the centre.”Baby hatches generally contain an incubator, a delayed alarm device, an air conditioner and a baby bedThe centre, which also cares for orphans, has 1,000 beds.However, it currently houses 1,121 babies and young people, with another 1,274 in the care of foster families, Guangzhou’s Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau said.All the abandoned infants had illnesses, such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and congenital heart disease, the bureau added.It is thought that many parents abandon ill babies because they fear they cannot afford the medical care required.Abandoning children is illegal in China. However, authorities believe that the hatches give the infants a better chance of survival than if they were left in the street.A total of 25 baby hatches have been established in 10 provincial regions in China, Xinhua reports.Under China’s strict population control policies, most couples have only been allowed to have one child and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.In December, China’s top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.Provinces are now determining when to relax their restrictions at a local level, with some acting already.BBC News Sharelast_img read more

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Ozil: I’m one of world’s best

first_img He said: “The whole club can be proud to have such a fantastic manager with so much experience, playing with style and doing so many great things for 18 years here. “The boss has always blooded youngsters, and helped make them into some of the best players in the world. That’s also why I came here. I wanted to develop myself further.” Having got into the habit of lifting trophies this summer, Ozil is keen for more. “Of course Arsenal can win the Premier League,” he said. “We also want to show that we can play better in the Champions League. We have the potential to reach the final.” Mesut Ozil believes criticism of his Arsenal performances stems from high expectations borne out of being “one of the best number 10s in the world”. The Germany international struggled to live up to his £42million transfer fee after joining the Gunners from Real Madrid last season, though he did end the campaign as an FA Cup winner. That Wembley win over Hull was followed by World Cup success with his country this summer but still questions persist over whether he can impose himself in the Barclays Premier League. Ozil, though, told the Daily Telegraph: “The opinions of fans are important to me and I’m happy they have such high expectations of me. I have high expectations of myself. “I’m one of the best players in the world in that number 10 position. Fans, coaches, players and everyone knows that my best position is playmaker. It’s different playing on the left. “When I was in Madrid, I often played on the right. I enjoyed that because I’m left-footed and I was able to cut inside to give assists and get shots on target. On the left, it’s more difficult.” Manager Arsene Wenger defended the 25-year-old on Friday, likening him to a virtuoso musician and suggesting Ozil’s lack of aggression and defensive ability fuels a perception of him as ‘lightweight’. Wenger said: “People are very harsh on Ozil because he’s a player who is easy with his play. “When you watch his game back the next day you think ‘what a player’. Everything he does is intelligent and the timing of absolutely everything he does is absolutely perfect. “He’s like a guy who plays music with perfect timing. There aren’t many players like that.” Ozil is grateful for the Frenchman’s support. Press Associationlast_img read more

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