The Prague Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine IKEM last year
conducted a record number of 540 organ transplants on 486 patients, the
head of the institute Ondřej Viklický told journalists at a press
briefing in Prague on Monday.
He said this made IKEM the biggest transplant centre in Europe, with more transplants performed than the biggest transplant centres in Great Britain or the Scandinavian countries.
IKEM performs 70 percent of all the transplants performed in the Czech Republic. Other transplant clinics are in university hospitals in Prague’s Motol Hospital, in Brno, Hradec Králové, Plzen, Ostrava and Olomouc.
The Ministry of Health is set to implement new measures to benefit
patients, Czech Television reported on Monday. Officials plan to introduce
electronic application forms for medical appointments and to release
regular data on waiting times for examinations, the station said. The
ministry is currently consulting the changes with doctors and insurance
companies, who are charged with monitoring waiting times.
A special commission is due to discuss electronic application forms at the end of this month. Out-patient specialists are demanding assurances that moving the system online will not end patients’ freedom to choose a doctor.
The Czech Republic ranks seventh in the world in terms of cigarette
consumption according to the online data project Česko v datech. The
ranking was created by dividing the number of cigarettes purchased in each
country by the number of its population over the age of 15. The ratio in
the Czech Republic amounts to 2,428 cigarettes per person annually.
According to a press release by the website, most Czech smokers are
pensioners and up to a fifth of deaths in the country can be attributed to
Andorra topped the list with 6,398 cigarettes per person. However, the authors point out that in the case of the small principality, the data is likely skewed by French and Spanish citizens purchasing cheaper cigarettes there.
The country with the smallest ratio is Brunei with just 10 cigarettes per person annually.
The Czech Republic’s second public bird census got underway on Friday.
Over the course of the next three days, people can observe birds flocking
on feeders in their gardens or parks, identify the species and send the
findings to the Czech Ornithological Society’s Website.
The purpose of the citizen science project is to discover more about the development of the country’s common birds.
Some 14,000 people took part in the census last year. The results showed that the most common birds in Czech gardens include blue tits and house sparrows.
The Czech Republic’s oldest citizen, Magdalena Kytnerová, has died at
the age of 108 in the Moravian town of Kroměříž.
She was born on March 17th of 1911 and her life spanned the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the birth of an independent Czechoslovakia, two world wars and the country’s return to democracy after forty years of communist rule.
There are currently over 430 centenarians living in the Czech Republic, the majority of them women, and their number keeps increasing.
One of the Czech Republic’s best-known earliest promoters of legalising marijuana and promoting its medicinal use has been sentenced to three years in prison. It is something of a cause célèbre among civil liberties groups and those battling big pharma’s monopoly on the dispensing of medical marijuana.
The Health Ministry has launched an electronic information system pertaining to the drugs prescribed to individual patients. The aim is to avoid patients getting incompatible or similar medicine from different specialists. Patients will be able to decide who is eligible to view the list. The Health Ministry says that in particular older people have a problem providing their doctor with vital information regarding the various drugs they are taking and often suffer health problems as a result.
The number of people diagnosed with HIV who are getting treatment in the
Czech Republic has seen a steady increase in the past few years. While in
2013 it was 75 percent, last year 95 percent of people diagnosed HIV
positive in this country received treatment, according to statistics
released by the National Laboratory for HIV and AIDS.
Since testing in this country began in 1986, 3,600 people were diagnosed HIV positive, and 660 of them developed full-blown AIDS. 300 of them have died. According to estimates another 530 people are infected without yet being aware of it.
It is estimated that the majority of those who stopped turning up for treatment may be Czechs and foreigners who moved abroad. A third of the people were diagnosed with HIV in this country are foreign nationals.
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