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.
Professor Jiří Neužil is one of the Czech Republic’s leading specialists in cancer research. His research teams at the Biotechnological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Griffith University in Australia have focused on a novel approach in the fight against incurable forms of breast cancer: eradicating cancer cells by targeting mitochondria. Should the resulting new drug, now being tested on patients in Prague, prove effective it could lead to a major breakthrough in cancer therapy.
Psychiatric care in the Czech Republic has been profiting from a trend towards external care, which keeps psychiatric institutions from overflowing and lets patients function in society. To support this development, the Health Ministry set up special mobile psychiatric teams in 2018 and plans to create up to 100 in the future. But securing financing from health insurance companies may prove crucial.
There is a serious shortage of young doctors entering the Czech health system, with many physicians choosing to work in Western countries instead. In response, the Ministry of Health is considering measures that would oblige doctors to remain in the country for a certain period after their studies. However, many in the target group say the problem lies elsewhere.
Cases of acute respiratory diseases including influenza have reached
epidemic proportions in the Czech Republic.
The Ministry of Health said on Friday there are around 1,715 reported cases per 100,000 people.
Regions with the highest rate of illness include Liberec, Pilsen, Moravia-Silesia and southern Moravia.
The founders of a project to educate Czech schoolchildren about HIV and AIDS, named in honour of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, plan to take it worldwide. The phenomenal success of the new biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has raised the project’s profile ahead of its global launch – which its founders say is a happy coincidence.
The oldest citizen of the Czech Republic, Marie Schwarzová of Brno,
celebrated her 109th birthday on Wednesday.
According to a district mayor, who attended a ceremony in her honour and asked if she had any birthday wishes, Mrs Schwarzová said she would like a linden tree on her street to be trimmed so as to allow more sunlight into her home.
Mrs Schwarzová, a former teacher and amateur actress, was born in Brno in 1910, when it was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
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