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.
The Czech Chamber of Pharmacists says it will sue the State Institute for
Drug Control over late delivery of drugs, unless the institute takes action
against distributors who fail to deliver medicines on time. According to
the law they are bound to deliver ordered pharmaceuticals within two days.
Health Minister Adam Vojtech told Czech Television the ministry is aware of the gravity of the problem and is preparing a law according to which drug producers, rather than distributers, would be held accountable for late deliveries of drugs ordered.
Police have revealed that the deadly synthetic drug which killed two people
in Moravia was distributed by a boy in primary school, among others. As a
minor he will not be prosecuted.
The boy gave the drug to a 15-year-old friend who ended up in hospital. 23 people were treated for intoxication after taking the synthetic marihuana-type drug. Eleven people have been charged in connection with the case.
Sixteen more community centers for mental health will open around the
country in the coming years, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch announced at the
opening of such a center in Prague’s Prosek district on Thursday.
The building of a network of mental health community centers is part of an attempt to erase the stigma surrounding mental health problems and enable patients who have been released from hospital to continue getting professional aid and advice. The understanding is that more patients will also approach such a center in the event of problems.
Five such centers were built this year and their number should reach 30 by 2021.
Nineteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, suffered acute intoxication
after consuming synthetically made marihuana that appeared on the black
market in Ostrava.One drug addict is reported to have died after combining
the drug with a heavy dose of alcohol.
Several boxes of the dangerous consignment were reportedly found on a garbage heap on the outskirts of the city and the police fear that there could be thousands of doses of the dangerous substance among drug users.
Officers have so far confiscated 50 packets of the drug and arrested four people.
The police authorities in Moravia have warned against a dangerous
consignment of synthetic marihuana that has appeared in the region.
Six people were hospitalized after taking the drug. A thirty-two-year-old addict died and another is in serious condition.
A homeless woman from Ostrava who also took the drug said she and her friends found several boxes of the substance on a garbage heap.
The police have warned there could be thousands of dozes of the substance in circulation.
The Czech Republic’s trade unions in health care are set to hold talks with the health minister this week. They have rejected his offer of a five-percent pay rise and insist on a blanket salary increase of 10 percent. If their demands are not met, they are ready to call on doctors and nurses to stop doing over-time.
Czechs who suffer from rare and serious diseases should have easier access
to modern and expensive medicines in the future.
The Czech Ministry of Health is planning to change the rules in the reimbursement of health care costs to make the medicines available for more patients.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch made the announcement on Wednesday on the occasion of the World Duchenne Awareness Day. The Duchenne Muscular Dytsrophy, a rare muscle-wasting condition, affects around 250,000 people worldwide.
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