Health

Office space
Aug 6 '19 08:31

More than 80 percent of people in the Netherlands struggle with stress caused by financial problems, divorce, a sick parent, or a fight in the work place, according to Zorg van de Zaak. This type of stress often leads to absenteeism at work. The organization is therefore launching a campaign to draw more attention of the psychological and physical consequences of stress, and to break through the taboo of speaking about it, NOS reports.

Blood donation
Aug 2 '19 16:40

Blood bank Sanquin is looking or non-Western donors and will therefore launch a campaign to persuade people with a Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese or Antillean background to become a blood donor, NOS reports.

According to the blood bank, there are currently few people with a non-Western background who donate blood and they are desperately needed. People of Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Antillean descent often have a different blood type than people with a Western background, according to NOS.

Sabine Amir
Aug 2 '19 07:46

On Thursday the police released a photo of a pregnant woman who is missing in Leiden. 26-year-old Sabrine Amir is 35 weeks pregnant and in urgent need of medical care, the police said.

The woman was last seen in the municipality of Leiden, during a medical check on July 23rd. She did not show up for her last check up on July 29th.

The police call on anyone with information about Sabrine's whereabouts, or anyone who thinks they saw her, to contact them at once. 

Pills
Aug 1 '19 15:30

From today GGD health institutions will start providing the HIV prevention pill PrEP and the medical care that comes with it. The pill is intended for homosexual men, who are at higher risk of contracting HIV. The GGDs expect that thousands of men will want to use PrEP, NOS reports.

Den Dolder train station
Aug 1 '19 11:00

Patients from the Fivoor psychiatric clinic in Den Dolder will soon no longer be able to walk through a residential neighborhood to the town center and train station. The municipality of Zeist, which covers Den Dolder, is going to install a two meters high gate to keep patients out of the Duivenhorst neighborhood, the municipality said in a letter to local residents, AD reports.

Mental Health Care
Jul 31 '19 11:40

Patients at a quarter of the mental health institutes in the Netherlands spent more time in solitary confinement in 2017 than in 2014, according to a study done by Investico for De Groene Amsterdammer and Trouw.

People smoking on a platform at Amsterdam Amstel Station, 8 Feb 2018
Jul 31 '19 07:35

ProRail wants to ban smoking at all train stations in the Netherlands. If the rail manager has its way, all smoking zones will disappear at the some 400 stations within the next two years, a spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.

ProRail receives many complaints from travelers who are bothered by smokers, the spokesperson said. The company therefore does not want to wait for a national smoking ban. "That's why we take the lead ourselves." The rail manager is currently working on convincing all parties involved to support the plan.

Tom Egbers
Jul 30 '19 15:20

Tom Egbers suffered a heart attack while on vacation. The 61-year-old NOS Studio Sport presenter will therefore be off screen for a while, NOS announced on Tuesday.

Egbers is doing well, but needs time to rest and recover, according to the broadcaster.

For the time being, his colleagues Henry Schut and Sjoerd van Ramhorst will stand in for him. Schut will lead the Eredivisie broadcast of Studio Sport at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. And Van Ramshorst will be the gest host of Studio Voetbal later in the evening. 

The new Eredivisie season starts this weekend. 

Lunch time at an Amsterdam terrace
Jul 30 '19 09:27

More and more Dutch restaurants and bars are banning smoking on their terraces. Last year the country counted 39 terraces that were completely or partly smoke-free, now there are 113, according to figures from anti-smoking organization Clean Air Nederland. The vast majority of terraces still allow smoking - there are thousands of terraces in the Netherlands.

Woman selling laughing gas in Amsterdam
Jul 30 '19 09:01

The number of reports of health problems caused by laughing gas is increasing rapidly in the Netherlands, according to figures from the national poisoning information center NVIC. The center calls this a "worrying development". Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema is looking into measures to curb the sale of laughing gas on the city streets.

Opioids
Jul 29 '19 09:18

The Netherlands is facing increasing problems with opioid addictions. The number of people who booked into rehab clinics for painkiller addictions tripled between 2012 and 2018. "Thousands" of Dutch are addicted to severe painkillers, Albert Dahan, professor of anesthesiology at the Leiden University Medical Center, said to newspaper NRC.

Vaccination
Jul 26 '19 16:00

The municipality of The Hague is launching a "plan of attack" to encourage its residents to vaccinate their children. "The current vaccination rate in The Hague is worrying", public health alderman Kavita Parbhudayal said to RTL Nieuws.

Jul 26 '19 08:33

In 2014 healthcare organization Cordaan made a group of mentally disabled clients sign a gag order promising not to talk about the financial, mental and physical abuse they suffered under the organization's care, Cordaan director Ronald Schmidt admitted to the Volkskrant. 

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jul 26 '19 07:59

A total of 34 children and two staff members became ill at a campsite in Leusden on Thursday due to the heat. They were all taken to hospital. The organizers of the camp cut the summer camp short and sent the remaining children home, NU.nl reports.

The sick kids were taken to the University Medical Center in Utrecht. Most of them were sent home after a check-up, but four had to spend the night in hospital for observation. Parents of the affected children were asked to go directly to the hospital and collect their children there.

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Jul 25 '19 13:00

Public health institute RIVM issued a "smog alarm" for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Limburg, Zeeland, Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht. The air quality in parts of these provinces will be "very poor" this afternoon and early evening due to the formation of ozone in the air, the institute warns, ANP reports.

Elderly people sitting on a park bench
Jul 24 '19 10:10

While the summer is a time of fun and vacation for many people in the Netherlands, it is often a time of loneliness for the country's senior citizens. Research by seniors' organization KBO-PCOB shows that 15 percent of Dutch elderly feel more lonely in the summer than in the rest of the year. To address this, the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport launched a campaign against summer loneliness. 

Lifeguard tower at the beach
Jul 22 '19 08:56

A total of 112 residents of the Netherlands drowned in the country last year, 27 more than in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. The stats office attributes the increase partly to the hot summer of last year. In addition to the Dutch who drowned, a total of 26 non-residents also drowned in the Netherlands last year.

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Jul 19 '19 15:10

People returning from holiday run an increased risk of being infected with the legionella bacteria, because they underestimate the dangers of taps that have not been used for more than a week, according to Techniek Nederland, the entrepreneurs' association for the installation sector. The association advises returning holidaymakers to flush their pipes well before they use them, NOS reports.

Happy
Jul 19 '19 09:22

Nearly 90 percent of Dutch adults said that they were happy and satisfied with their lives last year. Little has changed on this front since 1997, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. 

GP post at the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam
Jul 19 '19 08:42

A large number of GP posts say that patients are becoming increasingly aggressive towards their doctors. Some 60 percent of the directors of these house doctor posts say that they receive telephone threats every week and that patients are more likely to threaten violence than five years ago. Almost a third of GP posts deal with physical violence at least once a year, newspaper Trouw reports based on its own research.

Oak processionary caterpillars
Jul 18 '19 11:50

Dozens of people sustained eye injuries caused by miniscule hairs released by oak processionary caterpillars over the past weeks. At least 92 patients went to ophthalmologists in the Netherlands with eye problems caused by these poisonous caterpillars, NOS reports after surveying 133 ophthalmologists.

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam memorial MH17
Jul 16 '19 11:50

Relatives of MH17 victims who are actively involved in the legal and political aftermath of the disaster, are struggling more with the grieving process than those who pay less attention to it, clinical psychologist Jos de Keijser said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jul 16 '19 07:29

A 50-year-old man from Eindhoven died on Saturday after a visit to the DayDream dance festival at Aquabest in the Noord-Brabant city. The man became unwell at around 6:30 p.m. The festival's first aid team resuscitated him and he was rushed to hospital, where he died later that evening, the organization of the festival said to AD.

Children playing in a refugee camp
Jul 12 '19 08:56

Children of Dutch jihadists will be placed in a special shelter when they return to the Netherlands. There they will be observed and counseled 24 hours per day to determine whether they pose a danger to society, newspaper AD reported on Friday.

According to the newspaper, older children will be placed in this shelter, where they will be kept isolated - they will not stay with other children. Kids under the age of 9 will also be examined and their mental state assessed upon their return to the Netherlands, NU.nl writes. 

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