The trend in Brussels and Wallonia is towards more natural deliveries, with less obstetric intervention, but there are great disparities between maternity clinics, according to the latest reports from the Centre for Perinatal Epidemiology (CEpiP) for the two regions, released on Friday.
Esthio, the catering company from Harelbeke in West Flanders suspected of being at the source of a salmonella outbreak that affected hundreds of children in some 40 schools, has been given permission to begin delivering meals again.

Age limit for blood donations lifted

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:11
The age limit for blood donors of 71 years has been lifted, in an effort to replenish the blood stocks of the Red Cross, a spokesperson said.
More than 110,000 Belgians, 75% of whom are women, are affected by Verneuil's disease.
As the number of school children in East and West Flanders infected by a salmonella outbreak rises to 313, the cause remains unknown, investigators said.
A new rule to make it possible for doctors and other care-givers to speak out in cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been unanimously agreed by MPs.
In the aftermath of the meat unfit for consumption scandal connected with the Veviba slaughter house, the distributor Delhaize has decided to claim a 6.5 million euros compensation from the Bastogne Slaughterhouse and Market (AMB) and from the Lanciers Slaughterhouse, in Rochefort, which belongs to Verbist.
Over one out of two (57%) workers are dissatisfied with their employer’s initiatives to promote health on the work place.

Afsca closes down abattoir in Geel

Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:12
The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (Afsca) has closed down an abattoir in Geel, Antwerp Province, where problems of hygiene and infrastructure had already been detected two years ago, Het Laatste Nieuws reported on Thursday.
The Flemish health agency, Vlaams Agentschap Zorg en Gezondheid, has received notification that 225 children from 38 schools in West and East Flanders have been infected by the Salmonella bacteria, it was reported on Monday.