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Emergency team shows off new cars
Emergency team shows off new cars
The State Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) has received 47 new vehicles specially designed for the team to work in pairs. Previously, teams mostly had three people. The reduction aims to make the teams quicker and more accessible, Latvian Radio reported on February 21.
Hospital construction troubles spread to structural level
Hospital construction troubles spread to structural level
The construction company “Velve” has detected deformation in one of the load-bearing columns in the new construction of Stradiņš Hospital A2 building complex and suspects a problem in the construction project, Velve said in a statement on February 20.
Health Minister: Hospitals' working language must be Latvian
Health Minister: Hospitals' working language must be Latvian
The issue of language, namely not speaking Russian, often becomes the cause of harassment targeted toward young doctors – not only with patients but senior colleagues. The Latvian Junior Doctors Association spoke about this at a meeting with the Health Minister on Monday, who pointed out it is high time to change this, Latvian Television reported February 19.
Teenage addiction treatment inconsistent in Latvia
Teenage addiction treatment inconsistent in Latvia
A teenager died last year from an overdose at the Riga Children's and Youth Center (orphanage). The Center's management and Ombudsman point to inconsistencies in the laws – if a minor does not wish to be treated for addiction, he or she cannot be helped, Latvian Radio reported on February 16.
Researchers explore Latvia-Estonia cross-border medical cooperation
Researchers explore Latvia-Estonia cross-border medical cooperation
In order to improve the availability of health care services, a study has been started in Valka district (Latvia) on how to reduce the obstacles so that the residents can receive services in neighboring Valga district (Estonia), reports Latvian Radio. 
Flu still rampant in Latvia
Flu still rampant in Latvia
The incidence of influenza continues to increase in Latvia, according to data from Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) published on February 14. 
Latvia desperately needs sex education, say experts
Latvia desperately needs sex education, say experts
Knowledge of reproductive and sexual health in Latvia remains relatively low and is not improving. Experts agree that the education of adults and children on these issues is at a critical level in Latvia, but there is still no clarity as to when and how it will be implemented, Latvian Radio reported on February 14.
Latvia has no system for medicine supplies in emergencies
Latvia has no system for medicine supplies in emergencies
Latvia still does not have a system in place to provide the necessary stocks of medicinal products in emergencies when international supplies to Latvia may be disrupted. This issue is particularly important because 94% of the Latvian medicines market is made up of imported medicines, Latvian Radio reported on February 13.
Latvia has work to do on bowel cancer prevention
Latvia has work to do on bowel cancer prevention
The colorectal or bowel cancer screening test is simple and effective, but only a few use this opportunity, Andrejs Pčolkins, chief doctor of the Latvian Oncology Center, and Uldis Veseris, head of the society of patients of bowel cancer, said on Latvian Radio program “How to Live better” on February 13.
Survey: Latvian residents generally trust young doctors
Survey: Latvian residents generally trust young doctors
Several young doctors have publicly stated that they often had to hear offensive comments about their age, skills, and competence from patients. However, according to a poll conducted by Norstat in collaboration with LSM, only 3% of the population said they did not trust younger doctors.
Two expert teams to look at mold in hospital basement
Two expert teams to look at mold in hospital basement
Next week, two teams of foreign experts will take samples again in the basement of the Rīga Stradiņš hospital's new building basement to check whether there are mold spores present there, Latvian Television reported on February 9.
Flu epidemic still going strong in Latvia
Flu epidemic still going strong in Latvia
The incidence of influenza continued to rise in Latvia last week, according to information compiled by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on February 7.
Rīga mulls idea of drunk tanks for minors
Rīga mulls idea of drunk tanks for minors
It is required by law to have sobering-up centers for adults, but there are no such places for minors. Drunk minors often burden the children's hospital work, Latvian Radio reported on February 7.
Stradiņš hospital to break contract with builder
Stradiņš hospital to break contract with builder
Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital (PSKUS) will terminate its contract with LLC “Velve” to build the new A2 hospital building complex on February 13 due to the company's breach of contract obligations and delays in execution of construction works, the hospital council announced on Tuesday, February 6.
Campaign to raise awareness of rare diseases in Latvia
Campaign to raise awareness of rare diseases in Latvia
In February, awareness of rare diseases is raised in Latvia, this year through a campaign "Color your strength!" This campaign aims to inform the public about the rare diseases in Latvia and the world, Latvian Television reported on February 6.
Spike of hepatitis A over past two weeks in Latvia
Spike of hepatitis A over past two weeks in Latvia
In the last two weeks, nine cases of hepatitis A have been registered in Latvia, which is significantly higher than usual over such a short time, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said in a statement on February 5.
Latvia extends encephalitis vaccine interval
Latvia extends encephalitis vaccine interval
After extensive research, Latvian health authorities have extended the recommended interval for receiving the vaccine against tick-borne encephalitis, Latvian Radio reported on February 2.
Doctors want your healthcare experience stories
Doctors want your healthcare experience stories
On February 1, the Latvian Medical Association (LĀB) starts the “Understand and Support” promotion to draw public attention to the importance of mutual understanding, trust, and support in medical and patient contact for successful healthcare process, the association said.
Flu epidemic continues in Latvia
Flu epidemic continues in Latvia
While the number of Covid-19 patients dropped slightly last week, there is a rather rapid increase in flu incidence, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported. 
Hospital builder fined nearly half a million euros
Hospital builder fined nearly half a million euros
Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital has approached the builders of hospital A2 building Velve LLC with requirements to fulfil contractual obligations – to completely dismantle the nearly 8,000 square meter basement affected by mold and pay a contractual penalty of EUR 448,734 calculated for work delayed by the builder, the hospital said in a statement on January 25.
Flu continues to spread in Latvia
Flu continues to spread in Latvia
The incidence of influenza continued to rise over the past week, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) data published on January 24.
Hospital might break ties with builder over delays and errors
Hospital might break ties with builder over delays and errors
Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital (PSKUS) could terminate the contract with LLC Velve to build the new A2 hospital building because the company delays construction work and has no evidence that they can finish it, PSKUS announced on January 22.
Flu incidence doubled in Latvia over past week
Flu incidence doubled in Latvia over past week
The prevalence of influenza in Latvia continues to increase - the number of cases doubled last week, according to the results of the monitoring of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on January 17.

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