The Czech Republic’s health minister has outlined a plan to reform the country’s long-neglected psychiatric care. The emphasis should be shifted from large psychiatric institutions to a network of mental health centres that would serve patients locally. Up to a third of psychiatric patients could be transferred to the centres by 2030.
The number of people infected with measles could rise to 1,000 this year,
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said in a debate on Czech television on
The estimate is based on the steep increase of cases since the beginning of this year. Doctors have registered 366 case of measles since the start of the year, with sixty cases in the last week alone. There were 203 cases in 2018.
The increase is attributed to the fact that many parents are refusing to get their children immunized for fear of side effects. The Czech Immunization Association has warned that immunization of the population has now dropped below the protective threshold.
The amount of cases where people have contracted measles continues to rise
in the Czech Republic. This week 57 patients were diagnosed with the highly
contagious disease, the largest recorded rise in one week Czech Television
reports. The overall number of cases has now risen to 366. More than a
third of the diagnoses came from Prague, with the regions of Pardubice and
Hradec Králové also registering a particularly large amount of new
Due to the Europe wide nature of the measles outbreak and frequent travel within the continent, hygienists expect the disease to continue spreading.
On the eve of World Water Day, which falls on March 22, the Czech branch of the environmental organisation Greenpeace published an alarming report on the presence of micro-plastics in Czech rivers. According to the study, plastic fibres were found in all ten samples taken from the Vltava and Elbe Rivers. I asked Jan Freidinger of Greenpeace for more details:
Police have charged seven people with illegal production and sale of
marihuana over the internet.
The suspects allegedly produced large quantities of marihuana at eleven plantations in Moravia selling it to people in 75 countries.
The two main organizers, who were in charge of production and sales, may get a jail sentence of up to 12 years.
An increasing number of Czech children suffer from speech impediments,
according to data released by the Institute of Health Information and
Statistics. Between the years 2010 and 2017 their number increased by over
26,000, reaching around 156,800 last year.
The number of school-children who require speech-therapy is increasing as well. Last year, the Ministry of Education registered over 7,200 children with speech problems, which is around three times more than ten years ago.
The World Health Organization is ringing alarm bells as an increasing number of European countries, including the Czech Republic are fighting an outbreak of measles. Measles cases in Europe tripled in 2018, and the reasons are the same - immunization hesitancy which has interfered with maintaining a high coverage rate in the population and greater movement of people.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch has said he wants to order a blanket
vaccination of doctors and nurses in high-risk departments, such as ER,
against measles in view of the growing number of infected patients in
In January and February alone doctors have registered 51 cases, as compared to 103 cases in all of 2018.
The spread of measles is attributed to the fact that more parents are refusing to get their children vaccinated for fear of side effects. Doctors say this poses a serious problem for the whole society.
Czechs spend a bigger share of their family budget on alcohol and
cigarettes than they invest in their health, according to Eurostat data
cited by the daily Hospodářské noviny.
One in nine adults has a drink problem and one in four smokes. This is the wort result in a comparative study of EU member states.
On average a Czech family spends 3.3 percent of its annual budget on alcoholic beverages and 4.3 percent on cigarettes, while 0.5 percent of the budget is spent on education and 2.4 percent on medicines and other health products.
Most Czechs living in big cities are exposed to levels of harmful noise
levels, according to a noise map published by the Ministry of Health.
People exposed to above 40 decibels of noise at night are prone to suffer sleep disorders and insomnia. Those exposed to above 55 decibels during the day, the equivalent to the noise of a busy street, are at greater risk of having high blood pressure.
According to the map, 90 percent of Czechs sleep in an environment where the average level exceeds 40 decibels and 10 percent where the level is even higher than 60 decibels.
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