Nineteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, suffered acute intoxication
after consuming synthetically made marihuana that appeared on the black
market in Ostrava.One drug addict is reported to have died after combining
the drug with a heavy dose of alcohol.
Several boxes of the dangerous consignment were reportedly found on a garbage heap on the outskirts of the city and the police fear that there could be thousands of doses of the dangerous substance among drug users.
Officers have so far confiscated 50 packets of the drug and arrested four people.
The police authorities in Moravia have warned against a dangerous
consignment of synthetic marihuana that has appeared in the region.
Six people were hospitalized after taking the drug. A thirty-two-year-old addict died and another is in serious condition.
A homeless woman from Ostrava who also took the drug said she and her friends found several boxes of the substance on a garbage heap.
The police have warned there could be thousands of dozes of the substance in circulation.
The Czech Republic’s trade unions in health care are set to hold talks with the health minister this week. They have rejected his offer of a five-percent pay rise and insist on a blanket salary increase of 10 percent. If their demands are not met, they are ready to call on doctors and nurses to stop doing over-time.
Czechs who suffer from rare and serious diseases should have easier access
to modern and expensive medicines in the future.
The Czech Ministry of Health is planning to change the rules in the reimbursement of health care costs to make the medicines available for more patients.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch made the announcement on Wednesday on the occasion of the World Duchenne Awareness Day. The Duchenne Muscular Dytsrophy, a rare muscle-wasting condition, affects around 250,000 people worldwide.
The Czech government has earmarked CZK 6.8 billion to try to ensure the
country does not lack doctors in the future. That figure should ensure that
the intake of medicine students at the country’s teaching hospitals
increases by 15 percent.
A third of all doctors in the Czech Republic will be over the age of 60 by 2020 and the current number of medicine graduates is insufficient to replace the medics who will be retiring in the coming years.
A former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Helena Illnerová, says a
European Commission proposal to end daylight saving time would not have a
significant impact on people’s health. The biochemist and physiologist
said changing the clocks twice a year was not in itself problematic.
However, it was better when – until the year 1995 – summertime lasted six months in the Czech Republic, not seven months as at present, Mrs. Illnerová said.
For its part the Czech branch of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth said daylight saving time was a marginal issue and the European Commission should focus on more important matters.
Hip Hop Kemp, the largest music festival of the genre in Central and Eastern Europe officially kicks off on Thursday night at the massive open-air site Festivalpark on the outskirts of Hradec Králové. But thousands of fans, including hundreds from abroad, particularly Poland, have already begun descending on the city. Along the way, scores have found themselves caught up in police searches for illegal drugs and contraband.
The reported number of cases of tick-borne encephalitis in South Moravia
has more than tripled. By the end of July, 38 cases of the potentially
fatal disease had been reported, up from roughly a dozen in the two
There is no cure for encephalitis, but only about one in four Czechs have themselves vaccinated against it. The country has five times as many cases as in neighbouring Austria, where 90 per cent of the population takes this precaution.