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Screening to counter Ebola threat now in force at all international airports in the Czech Republic

21-10-2014 15:35 | Daniela Lazarová

Medical check-up at the airport, photo: CTK Screening was introduced at the Czech Republic’s five international airports on Tuesday morning to counter the growing threat from Ebola. The checks, ordered by the country’s chief hygiene officer, range from filling in a form to undergoing a medical check-up at the airport.  More

Diplomatic row flares up over treatment of Ghanian student in Prague Ebola scare

17-10-2014 15:22 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: CTK Ghana is readying to lodge a formal complaint with the Czech Foreign Ministry over the alleged poor treatment of one of its citizens during an Ebola scare last week. Last Saturday, medical workers and the police tracked the student, who had visible symptoms of a bad cold, to Prague’s main station, after he and three others allegedly failed to await health clearance at the city’s international airport. The fear was the student might be infected with Ebola.  More

Hard questions remain over Žďár attack

16-10-2014 15:31 | Jan Velinger

High school in Žďár nad Sázavou, photo: CTK Police on Wednesday formally charged a 26-year-old woman in a brutal knife attack at a high school in Žďár nad Sázavou this week which claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy, and left three people injured. The same day, the head of a psychiatric facility which had earlier released the suspect (a schizophrenic who had already once threatened children at knifepoint) resigned. The government is looking into the case, and the president himself weighed in, saying mental illness should not be treated with outpatient care. In Žďár nad Sázavou, meanwhile, classmates of the fallen boy returned to school.  More

Politicians address security concerns in wake of brutal attack on students

15-10-2014 15:32 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: CTK A day after the tragedy in Žďár nad Sázavou, where a 26-year old woman attacked students in a local secondary school, leaving one dead and three others injured, politicians are questioning how it is possible that the attacker, who was previously involved in a stabbing incident at a different school, was released from a mental hospital on the basis of a single recommendation.  More

Czech Army’s Biological Protection Centre to be put on alert for Ebola emergency

14-10-2014 14:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Biological Protection Centre in Těchonín, photo: CTK As the number of suspected Ebola cases in Europe mounts, health authorities and hospitals on the continent are bracing for a possible outbreak of the deadly disease. After four suspected cases, none of which proved to be Ebola, the Czech Health Ministry has proposed introducing screening for passengers from affected countries at Prague’s international airport and has requested activating the Defense Ministry’s Biological Protection Centre in Těchonín.  More

Zlín company plays key role in Ebola battle

08-10-2014 15:37 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of EGO Zlín Amidst growing concern over the Ebola outbreak in Africa, European governments and NGOs have been stepping up aid to the stricken states. One Czech company involved in efforts to battle the deadly disease is the Zlín based EGO, which provides special transport bags for infected patients. Ruth Fraňková reports:  More

Doctors Without Borders appeals for help as Ebola crisis escalates

11-09-2014 16:02 | Daniela Lazarová

Health workers, attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus, at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, photo: CTK The NGO Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders this week denounced international inaction in Ebola-stricken African countries, saying developed states must deploy specialized medical assets without delay if the situation is to be brought under control. Doctors Without Borders Czech Republic sent an open letter to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka outlining several priority areas. I spoke to the organization’s director Pavel Gruber about what is needed.  More

Ombudsman issues sobering report on ad-hoc procedures at Czech “drunk tanks”

09-09-2014 15:05 | Jan Richter

Anna Šabatová, photo: Šárka Ševčíková The Czech ombudsman has criticized the country’s system of “drunk tanks” where people under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be taken to sober up. The ombudsman says clients are often treated unnecessarily harshly at these stations which are underfinanced, and have poorly trained staff. The Czech Health Ministry however says new legislation should help fix most of the issues.  More

Czech Medical Chamber wants doctors to have greater freedom when it comes to problem patients

09-09-2014 15:05 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Khalil Baalbaki Anyone wishing to change doctors in the Czech Republic can do so with relative ease; the opposite, however, is not true for doctors. Doctors with ‘problem’ patients, who routinely ignore therapy or display obvious mistrust, are stuck. The Czech Medical Chamber wants that changed: for medical professionals to be able to refuse patients who refuse to help themselves.  More

Five-year-old British cancer patient Ashya King to undergo proton beam therapy in Prague

08-09-2014 15:52 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Proton Therapy Center Cancer specialists at Prague’s Motol hospital have given the go-ahead for British cancer patient Ashya King to receive what may be life-saving treatment at Prague’s Proton Therapy Centre. The five-year- old, whose case has made world headlines, was discharged from a hospital in Malaga, Spain, on Monday morning and transported to Prague on a specially prepared private jet.  More


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