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Pilot project offers free sanitary products at schools of Latvia
Pilot project offers free sanitary products at schools of Latvia
This month, a pilot project is being implemented in two Latvian municipalities – Aizkraukle and Balvi – during which women's hygiene products are provided free of charge to school students. The initiative to introduce free hygiene products in all Latvian schools is being promoted in the country, and the pilot project aims to find out what the approximate amount and cost of necessary products might be, Latvian Radio reported on May 13.
Medical ethics legislation comes to the foreground again in Latvia
Medical ethics legislation comes to the foreground again in Latvia
With a second move after more than a year of pause, the Health Inspectorate will try to move changes to laws related to patient care violations and complaint assessment. However, the Ministry of Health is reluctant to raise the issue. Previously, the Ministry planned to introduce the relevant changes in early 2023, reports Latvian Television's De Facto broadcast.
Addiction helpline to be available in Latvia
Addiction helpline to be available in Latvia
On May 6, a consultative phone 67037333, aimed at people needing support to solve addiction problems will begin work, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported on Tuesday.
Latvia declares cancer care 'national priority'
Latvia declares cancer care 'national priority'
The Ministry of Health (VM) and Health Minister Hosams Abu Meri (New Unity) have declared oncological care as a national priority as they begin work on a new plan to improve health services in the field of oncology for 2025-2027, the Ministry said on April 30.
Whooping cough cases on the rise in Latvia
Whooping cough cases on the rise in Latvia
Since December last year, Latvia recorded an increase in the number of patients with pertussis, or whooping cough. Other European countries have also reported an increase in cases, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported on April 25. 
Flu epidemic is over
Flu epidemic is over
The influenza epidemic declared in January will end in Latvia on Thursday, April 25, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) has announced,
Young Latvians feel fairly healthy
Young Latvians feel fairly healthy
In the EU, 90.1% of young people aged between 16 and 29 perceived themselves to be in good or very good health in 2022 according to new figures from Eurostat.
Reimbursable meds budget too small and too late
Reimbursable meds budget too small and too late
The Ministry of Health plans to allocate more than €30 million to improve access to reimbursable medicines this year, according to an information report from the Ministry. Patients' organizations say that while the amount seems impressive, it still does not cover the easily foreseeable and equally impressive deficit, Latvian Radio reports April 22.
Paramedic gets suspended sentence for negligence causing death
Paramedic gets suspended sentence for negligence causing death
The Zemgale District Court has sentenced paramedic Gints Vaits to one year suspended sentence and a four-year ban from medical practice for leaving a young woman unconscious and failing to provide assistance, Latvian Television reported on April 16.
Vitamin D supplements for everyone in Latvia, say experts
Vitamin D supplements for everyone in Latvia, say experts
Our geographic region requires that both children and adults take supplementary vitamin D, which is necessary for the development of the bone system in children and the maintenance of bone strength in adults, according to Latvian Radop April 15.
Flu, Covid incidence remains low in Latvia
Flu, Covid incidence remains low in Latvia
The number of flu and Covid-19 patients continues to decline, according to monitoring data from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on April 10. Last week, 77 cases of flu were detected, with the highest incidence recorded in the 5-14 age group.
'Impulse buying' booze online could be restricted in Latvia
'Impulse buying' booze online could be restricted in Latvia
A proposal by the Ministry of Health and medical experts to ban alcohol sales on the Internet did not win the support of the majority of the committee in charge on Wednesday, April 10. Instead, MPs agreed on a compromise that would exclude impulse purchases of alcoholic beverages over the Internet, Latvian Television reported on April 11.
Spring swing safety warning
Spring swing safety warning
One of the essential Latvian Easter traditions is swinging, but anyone planning to swing over the holidays is being urged to check the safety of said swings before dallying with the forces of gravity, momentum and inertia. 
Flu and Covid rates drop in Latvia
Flu and Covid rates drop in Latvia
The prevalence of both influenza and Covid-19 continued to decrease in Latvia last week, but a total of 9 people died from these diseases during the week, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) data of March 27.
State reimbursement rates for medicines to rise
State reimbursement rates for medicines to rise
To improve patients' access to medicines and reduce direct payments for medicines, from July 1, 2024, the amount of state reimbursement will be increased to 75% for medicines that currently have a 50% state reimbursement rate, the government decided on Tuesday, March 26.
Fourteen flu patients died last week in Latvia
Fourteen flu patients died last week in Latvia
Last week, the number of flu and Covid-19 patients continued to decline, but 14 patients died from the flu within the week, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) data of March 20.
Latvia plans to develop health tourism over next three years
Latvia plans to develop health tourism over next three years
Latvia is committed to developing the export of healthcare services over the next three years, increasing the number of health tourists and returning doctors from abroad. This is foreseen in the Action Plan for the Development of Health Services Exports 2024-2027, which was approved by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, March 19.
Flu, Covid incidence declines in Latvia
Flu, Covid incidence declines in Latvia
The number of flu and Covid-19 patients in Latvia continues to decrease, according to information compiled by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on March 13.
Vitamin supplement withdrawn due to possible intoxication risk
Vitamin supplement withdrawn due to possible intoxication risk
The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has instructed to suspend the distribution of the food supplement "Nateo D pilieni Forte" (solution in oil with a stated dose of 25µg or 1000 IU per drop; batch No 262301) produced by SIA "Sagitus", the service said.

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