Another large-scale food poisoning incident
70 people may have contracted an acute gastrointestinal infection in Liepāja after eating their lunch in a Baltic Restaurants canteen at Lauma Lingerie company, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control representative Ilze Araja informed the LETA newswire November 28.
61 students fall ill at Smiltene Secondary School
61 children in a Smiltene Secondary School building have fallen ill with an intestinal infection due to a virus, according to Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) Epidemiologist Rita Korotinska.
Government hopes to pacify angry medics with future pay promise
Next year, the lowest monthly salaries for medical workers might rise by 20 percent for medical residents and by 10 percent for other staff, according to the Health Ministry's proposal the government is due to consider on November 12, reported the LETA newswire.
Hundreds of medics protest low wages in front of Saeima
On Thursday, November 7 hundreds of healthcare workers protested in front of Saeima. They're calling the protest “One day without medical practitioners”. This was one of two protests on that morning, as a separate regional reform picket was also taking place.
Healthcare workers plan industrial action
In the hope of getting more funding for the medical profession, healthcare workers will hold a meeting and a picket at the Saeima on November 7, journalists were told by representatives of medics' unions October 29.
"Diagnosis - cancer": patient care standards
In taking on the “Diagnosis - cancer” multimedia project, LTV and LSM.lv were surprised by the amount of people who mentioned communication with doctors as one of the main problems in their diagnosis and treatment process. The issues are most acute when it comes to diagnosis, as well as during discussions about further treatment for patients. No one likes presenting or hearing bad news, but communication issues plague the Latvian medical system from diagnosis, to notifying the next of kin in cases of death.
“Dignosis - cancer”: doctor competence
Doctor competence varies greatly in Latvia when it comes to detecting cancer in its early stages. Most general practitioners detect one to five instances of early stage cancer per year. There are some doctors with a three times better result, however others have not diagnosed any cases.
“Diagnosis - cancer”: health and personal responsibility
Each year 11,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Latvia, contributing to the total of 77,000 people suffering from oncological diseases. Patient organisations have calculated that cancer directly or indirectly affects one-fifth of the population, taking into account patients' families, friends and those involved with patient care.
“Diagnosis - cancer” multimedia project launched by LTV and LSM.LV
In Latvia 16 people lose their lives to cancer every single day. Proportionally, this is a higher percentage than in Estonia and Lithuania, and it’s too much. Everyone knows that cancer kills, and sometimes very quickly, so this diagnosis causes alarm for patients, relatives and society as a whole.
Worrying rise in tick infection rates
By October 7, the number of people infected with tick-borne encephalitis in Latvia this year has increased by 6.8 percent as compared to 2018, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Ambulance crews to shrink in future due to staff shortages
A gradual transition from three-person to two-person ambulance crews by 2026 is one of the solutions proposed in the pre-hospital emergency medical service strategy 2020, Liene Cipule, director of the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD), said at a news conference August 28, reported the LETA newswire.
Doctors' numbers decline
Latvia continues to see a drop in the number of medics working in the country, falling its lowest level in the past six years, according to statistics from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control cited by the LETA newswire August 24.
Health Minister says hospitals will not be shut down
Hospitals in Latvia will not be closed, but from now they will be able to provide only the services that are of sufficient quality, said Health Minister Ilze Viņķele in an interview with Dienas Bizness on July 31.
Tick activity levels similar to last year
Tick activity levels are slightly higher than last year. Individual cases of ehrlichiosis, however, are lower, according to epidemiologist at the Center for Disease prevention and Control Antra Bormane, reported LSM's Latvian service on July 10.
Children with autism and Down's syndrome taught sign language
Children with autism, Down's syndrome and other developmental disorders have begun acquiring sign language, which allows nonverbal or minimally verbal children to communicate more effectively with their families, reported Latvian Television on July 6. The Latvian Portage Association offers sign language teaching services as part of their early correction program.