Halt polio vaccination demand traditional rulers in Nigeria: Poliomyelitis vaccination should be halted say traditional rulers in northern Nigeria because of fears that the vaccines are contaminated. The umbrella organisation Jama'atul Nasril Islam, which speaks on behalf of Muslims in northern Nigeria, said their advice is based on the report of a medical team sent to India by the organisation to test the vaccines.
Caged beds will be outlawed in the Czech Republic: New legislation will ban caged beds in institutions such as mental hospitals and old age homes in the Czech Republic by the end of this year. A report criticised their extensive use in the country, but some psychiatrists say that it is a valuable practice.
Alternative to mutilation of female genitals proposed: A “harmless and symbolic” alternative to female genital mutilation, proposed by a Somali gynaecologist, has sparked strong reactions in Italy. The alternative “ritual,” to be