Surgeons at Prague’s Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine
have implanted their first artificial heart. The surgery happened ten days
ago and it was announced at a press conference on Thursday.
The 58-year-old patient suffered failure on both sides of the heart and couldn’t undergo regular heart transplantation. Doctors said he is in a good condition. The Czech Republic is the third country to perform the artificial heart surgery. France pioneered the surgery in 2014.
Around 700 people in the Czech Republic are unaware they are infected with
the HIV virus, a quarter of all who have the disease in the country. The
news was confirmed on Tuesday by the head of the Czech AIDS Help Society
Robert Hejzák. The society is launching a new campaign to encourage people
to get tested or to get timely treatment.
December 1 is World AIDS Day.
Monitoring of the spread of the HIV virus, which can lead to AIDS, began in the former Czechoslovakia in 1985.
Jakub Mertl and his wife Kristyna who run a successful personalized dating agency, recently made headlines by establishing an online dating agency catering specially to disabled people. I met with Jakub to talk about his work and what it takes to find love. He started by telling me what made him and his wife consider setting up a special online service for disabled clients.
The health authorities are struggling to contain a hepatitis epidemic in
Ustí nad Labem, north of Prague.
Doctors report 30 new cases in the last 6 days alone. Altogether 276 people have contracted the infectious disease in different parts of the city. Of the 30 new cases seventeen are children.
Vaccinations are underway in schools and the locals have been asked to take precautions when visiting crowded places, such as supermarkets and public transport. Doctors say it may take up to two months to contain the epidemic.
Over the past week Prague was the focus for discussions between experts and businessmen from Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia, about their experiences with the medicinal cannabis market. It’s a global market that’s growing fast and reckoned to be soon worth hundreds of billions of dollars. But the story in the Czech Republic and in many other places is of growing pains and the early expectations not being realised.
The average age of Czech doctors has been increasing, the head of the Czech
Institute of Health Information and Statistics Ladislav Dušek said at a
meeting of the Czech Medical Chamber on Saturday. Concerns about the
growing age of Czech doctors were raised by a number of other speakers at
According to Mr Dušek, medical schools need to increase the number of graduates by 20 percent in order to replace the soon to be retired specialists. If nothing changes, around one fifth of Czech doctors will be older than 65 by the year 2025, he said.
A hepatitis A epidemic has continued to spread in the region of Ústí,
with 30 new cases registered. The epidemic led towns in the region to take
special hygienic measures, for example, at a voting booth at an elementary
school in the recent elections where disinfectant gel and napkins were
In all, 237 people in the region have contracted the disease since August. Ground zero for the epidemic was originally in socially-excluded areas, a local epidemiologist confirmed.
Pharmacists are demanding changes in the system of financing according to
which they are paid. The head of the Association of Pharmacists Lubomír
Chudoba says that the Czech Republic is one of the few remaining countries
in the EU where the income of a pharmacy depends on how expensive medicines
it sells. He points out that this in unfair to both pharmacists and
Pharmacists are demanding fixed supplementary charges for medicines, a change in financing which would reflect the services provided rather than the cost of medicines sold and set rules governing the establishment of new pharmacies.
GPs, outpatient specialists and dentists around the country held a symbolic nationwide protest on Tuesday against inadequate financing and excessive bureaucracy that is driving many of them out of business. They warned that the symbolic protest would be followed by a one day strike if the government fails to pay heed.