Unlike before, parents are more informed on what to do when hiring a nanny and this includes knowing the medical history of a prospective employee. Kenyan actress, Jacqueline Nyamide wasn’t really aware, she didn’t have her nanny checked.
One day, she had a job outside her state and left her son with her trusted nanny but an anonymous call about the welfare of her son got her on the first flight back to her base.
“When my son was around eight months old, I had to travel to Mombasa on a work assignment and so I left him under the care of a nanny whom I had trusted so much. While in Mombasa, I received an anonymous call from a person who informed me that my house help breastfeeds my son whenever he cries. I took the first flight back to Nairobi. I had to verify the information from my neighbours and in the process I was informed my nanny not only breastfeeds my son, but was also living with HIV. I didn’t sleep that night and had to rush to hospital at around midnight to have my son tested. Luckily, he was fine. To cut the long story short, I fired the nanny the following day. It took immense self-control to restrain myself from harming her,” she told Kenyan Parents Magazine.
That incident made her very protective of her child and she is always watching out for other people’s children too.
“I am very passionate about parenting and I advocate for involved parenting. My heart breaks when children are mistreated or assaulted multiple times by other people and I wonder where the parent has been all this time. I usually urge parents to always ensure that they are free with their child so that they can discuss with them any issue or challenges they may be facing.”