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Tackling the Czech Republic's poor air quality

20-11-2014 15:19 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: František Tichý November saw the release of an annual government-commissioned report on the state of the environment in the Czech Republic. While the gist of the report maintained that a number of factors continued to improve, including water quality and canalisation, air quality was found to be a major problem. It found that in 2013, 55 percent of Czechs were still being exposed to above-average levels of the toxic chemical benzopyrene. Additionally, many cities suffer from smog and ground level ozone, while heating plants were found to account for 41 percent of dangerous PM10 particulate matter being inhaled by Czechs. Last year, the government spent more than 27 billion crowns on improving the environment. Since joining the EU, the country has been able to source around 120 billion crowns from EU funds to this end – but has only utilised 43 percent of total allocated funds for the 2007-2013 period. So is the new government doing enough?  More

Most Czechs wish to die at home but end up in institutions

04-11-2014 15:37 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Cesta Domů The start of November is traditionally connected with All Saints Day or Dušičky. Over the past week, Czechs have been visiting cemeteries to light candles and lay flowers on the graves of their loved ones. But many Czechs still find it uncomfortable to talk about death and dying.  More

Spotlight on proton therapy as cancer patient Ashya King departs Prague

27-10-2014 16:09 | Dominik Jůn

Ashya King, photo: CTK Five-year-old British brain cancer patient Ashya King has just completed a six week stint at the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague. His case caught the attention of the world, with stories of parental abduction, imprisonment and finally, a promising new kind of radiotherapy undertaken in the Czech Republic. Doctors say the treatment has been successful, and now the boy has returned to Spain for further medical procedures.  More

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


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