Long queues for post-Covid rehabilitation in Latvia

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For eight months, the state rehabilitation center Vaivari has had a rehabilitation program for people who have had Covid-19 infection. This year it has been used by 288 patients and lines are getting longer, Latvian Television reported July 28.

Every other Covid-19 patient with moderate or severe symptoms of the disease is experiencing consequences for several months after being ill. Since the end of last year, a rehabilitation program has been established for the recovery of such patients at the Vaivari center.

Most often, Covid-19 patients need to learn how to breathe on their own again. Inese Svikliņa, head of the National Rehabilitation Center Vaivari, said: “In the worst cases, unfortunately, patients are oxygen-dependent for a long time. We cannot fully assess such far-reaching results, because its disease is very new and rehabilitation is also.”

This year, 288 Covid-19 people have received rehabilitation in Vaivari. In the spring, €1.9 million was allocated to the rehabilitation of Covid-19, of which the Vaivari center received more than €420,000. However, there is also a line on this service where over 200 people are currently waiting.

Health minister Daniels Pavļuts said: “Vaivari is the main authority in rehabilitation in Latvia. It is a center, but at the same time, it is expected that rehabilitation services will also be available in other places in Latvia. Also in several regional hospitals and several local hospitals.” 

In the most serious cases, patients come directly from the hospital, but if Covid-19 has been contracted in mild form but functions have been impaired, patients can contact the family doctor who will request an evaluation.

Currently, the Vaivari Rehabilitation Center is working with other medical institutions to establish a common understanding of how to recognize the need for rehabilitation after Covid-19.

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