Islamic Fiqh Academy issues fatwa prohibiting euthanasia

Makkah : Wrapping up its 22nd session in Makkah on Wednesday, the Islamic Fiqh Academy, an affiliate of the Muslim World League (MWL), issued fatwa that prohibits euthanasia – the act of killing a person who is critically ill so that they do not suffer any more – either at the request of the patient or a relative.

55 fall ill after eating 'prasad' in Bihar

Patna : At least 55 people, including children and women, fell ill after eating 'prasad' - an offering to deity - in a Bihar village, an official said on Tuesday.

The incident took place at Meenapur village in Muzaffarpur district, about 70 km from here.

"All of them were admitted to Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur and they are out of danger," a district health official said.

He also said the affected people complained of stomach pain and started vomiting after eating the 'prasad'.

Nepal quake victims prone to diseases

Kathmandu : People severely affected by the April 25 devastating earthquake in Nepal have been suffering from various communicable diseases, media reported on Monday.

According to sources, diseases such as diarrhoea, fever, pneumonia, dysentery and conjunctivitis have started to grip the poorly built camps for earthquake victims at Ri, Tipling, Sertung, Jharlang, Lapa among other village development committees in Dhading district, Kantipur news reported.

Over 25 fall ill after food poisoning in Bihar

Patna : Over 25 people, including five children, fell ill at a marriage party in Bihar on Friday in a case of suspected food poisoning, officials said.

The incident took place at Ahira village in Jehanabad district, around 50 km from Patna.

Soon after having food, they complained of stomach pain and started vomiting, a district health official said.

All were first admitted to a primary health centre and later a dozen of them were shifted to Sadar Hospital in Jehanabad after their condition deteriorated.

22 million infants miss out basic vaccines: WHO

New Delhi : Around 22 million infants across the globe still miss out on the basic vaccines for diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and tetanus. And out of this, nine million infants live in the Southeast Asian region, World Health Organisations's (WHO) Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh said here on Thursday.

Bird flu in Manipur, culling of fowl starts

Imphal : Bird flu or avian influenza has resurfaced in northeastern state of Manipur and the culling of poultry fowl began on Monday, official said.

Manipur Chief Secretary P.C. Lawmkunga told reporters: "Samples of sick poultry birds from the ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research) poultry unit at Lamphelpat were found to contain H5 strain of avian influenza virus."

He said the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases has confirmed the outbreak of Avian Influenza at the poultry unit of ICAR.

Assam's six lakh tribal kids to be screened for anaemia

Guwahati:The union tribal affairs ministry will cover at least six lakh tribal children in Assam under its sickle cell anaemia screening programme within this year.

Sickle cell anaemia is a hereditary blood disorder that results in abnormality in haemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the body parts.

9/11 rescue workers face chronic illnesses

New York: The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001 have left a legacy of chronic ill health among emergency medical services workers, who came to the rescue of the victims, says a new research.

Those who arrived in the immediate aftermath of the attacks are more prone to physical and mental ailments, the findings showed.

“Compared with the workers who did not attend the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, those who arrived earliest on the scene were at greatest risk for nearly all the health conditions analysed,” the study observed.

Nearly 200 hospitalised in Bihar after food poisoning

Patna : Nearly 200 people, including 40 children, were admitted to a hospital in Bihar on Friday after they ate "poisoned food" at a marriage, a health official said.

The incident was reported from Phoolparas in Madhubani district, about 170 km from here.

Soon after having the food, they complained of stomach pain and started vomiting, a district health official said.

All of them were admitted to a state-run hospital in Phulparas.

Cabinet nod for quality education in homeopathy

New Delhi: The union cabinet on Tuesday approved a new provision to ensure that homeopathy education is made available only by colleges equipped to guarantee quality.

The decision was taken by the union cabinet at a meeting here under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.