Dutch news in brief, 10 September 2004

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Tonsils removal offers little improvement

Tonsils removal offers little improvement

There is little to be gained from removing the adenoids and tonsils of children who suffer from relatively minor throat complaints, Utrecht researchers have found in a long-term project involving 300 children. Half of the group were operated on and a "wait-and-see" approach was taken for the other half. The operated children only had less trouble with colds and flu in the first six months after the operation, after that they were as frequently sick as the other children. The number of infections of the top of the bronchial tubes declined the older the children became, including the children who not operated on. Removing the adenoids and tonsils of children with serious problems with throat infections and breathing difficulties is advisable, the researchers said. This applies to a third of all such patients in the Netherlands. Some 35,000 children in the Netherlands have the adenoids and tonsils removed every year, making the operation one of the most frequent.

Muslim leaders urged to reject fundamentalism

Dutch Muslim leaders should distance themselves further from fundamentalist stances, Christian Democrat CDA chairwoman Marja van Bijsterveldt said at a party conference in Utrecht on Friday. The conference looked at the role of religion in society, Radio Netherlands reported. Van Bijsterveldt said crimes of honour, the discrimination of women and terrorism in the name of Islam should be more strongly condemned by Muslim leaders. She said fundamentalist standpoints are not in harmony with Dutch values and standards.

Rabies scare Dutchman found

French authorities have located a Dutchman who had been sought since the end of August because it was feared he had been infected with Rabies. The man is now being cared for in Pau, located in the south-west of France. The man came into contact in Bordeaux with a French male youth who had a rapid dog. The Frenchman had attended several festivals with his dog in various holiday areas in the south-west of France in August. The dog — which is now dead — is known to have bitten five people. The incident led to a European-wide rabies alert.

No greater restrictions for Dutch troops

Dutch troops in Iraq may use the same amount of force if they are attacked or threatened as what they could prior to the handover of power to the Iraqis, Defence Minister Henk Kamp said. He informed MPs that the instructions for self-defence were not more restrictive and he did not identify any changes to situations not classified as self-defence. The 1,300 Dutch troops in Iraq were recently issued with new instructions regarding the use of military force after the 28 June transfer of power, but had not informed Parliament of the changes. MPs and unions were angered by the matter, concerned that troops were given more restrictive instructions, despite the death of a soldier in August.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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