Influenza season in full swing
Last week the number of flu patients in Latvia’s southeastern Daugavpils region has reached the epidemic threshold, therefore the flu epidemics has been declared in Latvia starting from January 30, The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) reported.
DDoS attack hits 'e-health' system
On January 16 the National Health Service IT system and the 'e-health' system used by doctors to write prescriptions and sick leaves came under cyber attack, the Health Ministry told LSM's Latvian-language service.
One more case of measles confirmed but no outbreak expected
Five cases of measles were confirmed in Latvia at the end of last year, gut the Center for Disease Prevention and Control is not expecting a major measles outbreak, Jurijs Perevoscikovs, the head of the health authority’s department for the prevention of infectious diseases, told LETA on January 12.
Day 1 of 'e-health' system sees numerous problems
Family physicians reported numerous problems January 2 due to failures in the electronic health system, Latvian Family Physicians Association's President Sarmite Veide told the LETA news service.
Extra €113.4m for healthcare reforms in 2018
Additional financing of €113.4 million has been earmarked for further health care reforms in Latvia next year from the budget deficit increase approved by the European Commission, according to the Latvian Health Ministry report on the health care reforms planned in 2018.Additional financing of €113.4 million has been earmarked for further health care reforms in Latvia next year from the budget deficit increase approved by the European Commission, according to the Latvian Health Ministry report on the health care reforms planned in 2018.
Doctors call off industrial action... for now

The Latvian Association of Family Physicians has decided to end a work to rule that began in July this year and has made new demands to the Health Ministry, warning that they may resume their action if the demands are not met, reported LETA December 1.

Latvia has highest number of new AIDS cases in EU, EEA

Also last year Latvia reported the highest number of new AIDS cases in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), but the situation has slightly improved from 2015, said Inga Upmace, the board chairwoman of the Baltic HIV Association.

Saeima goes ahead on new public healthcare bill

On November 30 the Latvian parliament passed the new healthcare bill in the second, non-final reading. The bill proposes that people paying social security taxes will have full access to public healthcare. 

Latvians eat few fruit, drink more booze

In contrast to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that had Latvia as a top reforming member state, the latest report from the organization has Latvia at the other end of the scale when it comes to life expectancy in general and fruit eating in particular. 

WHO touts e-health initiative as GPs remain skeptical

The Latvian Association of Family Physicians is not convinced that the e-health (E-veselība) system will be ready for use starting from January 1, the association’s president Sarmite Veide told LETA November 3. 

Dogo dogfood ban lifted

Latvia's State Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) said October 2 it had lifted restrictions on 'Dogo' brand dogfood, claiming that a foul-up in a Danish laboratory was responsible for earlier results suggesting it was potentially unsafe.

Health minister promises 'Rigvir' summit

Health Minister Anda Caksa has promised to get critics and supporters of the controversial claimed cancer treatment 'Rigvir' around a table to debate their differences and establish what claims to clinical effectiveness the treatment possesses.

Spring water not always as magical as many think

Many Latvians collect at least some of their drinking water direct from natural springs, and ascribe all sorts of curative and health-giving powers to it. But an investigation by LTV's Aizliegtais paņēmiens (Forbidden methods) suggests that faith in natural purity may be misplaced in some instances.

Health ministry defends claimed cancer treatment

Latvia's Health Ministry has defended having a controversial claimed treatment for cancer on its official list of medicines, despite expressions of doubt about its effectiveness and clinical validity from oncologists, the De Facto investigative new show reported September 3. 

Toxic substance found in dog food

Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs was under renewed pressure August 18, this time not because of his role in the scandalous 'Oligarch conversations' but because of dog food.

Healthcare financing law ready in weeks, promises PM

The first draft of a new law on healthcare financing will be produced by the meeting of the National Trilateral Cooperation Council planned in late August, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) told the press after a meeting of ruling coalition parties on Monday.

Family doctors limit strike

The Latvian Association of Family Physicians has rejected the latest deal proposed by Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) and Health Minister Anda Caksa and will carry on with their strike, but in a different form, the association’s head Sarmite Veide told journalists on July 17.