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(Incorporating eIMA News)
1st February 2016
Passive euthanasia already covered in MCI Code of Ethics then why a separate law?
In an affidavit filed through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the Centre has told the Supreme Court it supports "passive euthanasia" for terminally ill patients under a strictly regulated procedure but opposes any form of "active euthanasia". The draft of The Medical Treatment of Terminally Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill and the draft of The Euthanasia (Regulation) Bill, is already ready.

In passive euthanasia, the life support system of a terminally ill patient who is in a vegetative state is withdrawn. In active euthanasia, a patient is put to death through a lethal injection.

On January 15, a five-judge constitution bench, hearing a PIL demanding that "right to die" be declared a fundamental right for patients in a permanent vegetative state, had directed the Centre to clarify its stand on "passive euthanasia" for a terminally ill person. The next hearing is on February 1 2016 i.e. today.
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IMA to also observe February 10 as National Deworming Day
New Delhi : National Deworming Day is a part of the initiative by the Govt. of India to reduce the burden of soil-transmitted parasitic infections in the country. Parasitic infections in children lead to anemia, malnourishment and hamper their mental and physical development.
Recent US studies investigating the impact of worm infections on literacy rates have shown that literacy levels are lowered by 13%, and there is a downward impact on earnings of 43% later in life. Research from Western Kenya has shown that school-based mass deworming programs reduced absenteeism by 25%.
'Children in India,' a 2012 report by the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Govt. of India, states that 19.8% of children under the age of five years are wasted, and 48% of them being malnourished, which showed malnourishment across half of the child population in the country.
On February 10, 2015, National Deworming Day was observed in 11 states and Union Territories including Haryana, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. This year it will cover the whole country. Last year, more than 100 million children at risk of parasitic worms were covered in the program. These children were given chewable Albendazole tablets over 3 days. The medicine was given to children up to the age of 5 years at Anganwadi centers, while children aged between 6 to 19 years were provided medication at all government schools
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