The Czech State Health Department says those groups seen as particularly
susceptible to hepatitis C infection should be checked. The call comes
after the department announced 865 new cases of the disease this year,
making it one of the worst periods in the past 10 years.
Intravenous drug users are seen as the group most at risk, making up around two thirds of those recently infected.
The number of newly registered HIV cases in the Czech Republic has
evidently fallen slightly, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. While last
year 254 new cases of HIV were recorded, the number for the first 10 months
of this year was 178.
Experts say the decline can most likely be attributed to the introduction of new medicines to treat HIV some years ago.
Gay men account for two-thirds of newly discovered cases of HIV in the Czech Republic and their number has fallen year-on-year. By contrast, the number of heterosexuals found to have the disease has increased by a quarter.
A quarter of hospitals in the Czech Republic last year posted a loss of
more than 160 billion crowns, according to a report released by the
Institute of Health Information and Statistics. The assets of the 137
medical facilities in question amounted to over 14 billion crowns, while
their liabilities stood at 17.7 billion.
The overall costs of Czech hospitals in 2017 amounted to 160.5 billion crowns, which is a nine percent increase on the previous year.
The Ministry of Health is currently working on introducing a new system of financing medical care in hospitals, which should come into effect in 2020.
Ninety-two people died of drug overdoses in the Czech Republic last year,
according to data issued on Saturday by the Institute for Health
Information and Statistics. The previous year 94 people lost their lives in
that way, while in 2015 the figure was 104.
Another 128 deaths in the Czech Republic in 2017 were attributed to the influence of illegal drugs or medications. Twenty-five people took their own lives using medicines and 27 did so via drugs.
The government has approved a proposal to allow patients’ medical records
to be shared among doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals
treating or caring for them. Currently, healthcare professionals are not
always aware of what medications their patients have been prescribed.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (an independent, on the Ano ticket) said it was an important step towards an e-health system, meaning the digitisation of healthcare records.
A hospital in the town of Břeclav, south-east of Brno, has confirmed a
second incidence of West Nile fever, a viral disease typically spread by
A 72-year-old woman died of West Nile fever in the hospital several weeks ago.
The male patient with the same diagnosis is currently in isolation and is reported to be stabilized. It is not clear where he contracted the disease.
Only one in thirty Czechs regularly visits a dentist twice a year, as
recommended, for preventive check-ups and cleanings, the daily Mladá
fronta Dnes reports, citing data from health insurers.
They risk not only cavities but also serious health problems, such as tumours, the treatment of which is not covered under most health insurance policies.
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