The Netherlands' national vaccination program works - some 450 children's lives are saved through it every year - but it is too limited. The Dutch government must include more infectious diseases in the national vaccination program, multiple vaccination experts said in advise to the Tweede Kamer, AD reports.
Last year a record number of people in the Netherlands donated their organs and tissue. A total of 273 deceased people donated their organs last year and 2,398 people donated tissue, according to preliminary figures from Dutch transplant foundation NTS. In total 815 organs were transplanted, an increase of 15 percent compared to 2017, NOS reports.
Hospitals of the Noordwest Ziekenhuizgroep canceled all surgeries and appointments for the time being due to a major computer outage, the organization announced on its website. Patient records are not accessible due to the outage, NU.nl reports.
All appointments at outpatient clinics and supporting departments like radiology and the laboratory are canceled. The hospitals can not call patients to cancel the appointments in person, because their contact details are recorded in the inaccessible patient records.
Last year there were 769 incidents in the Netherlands in which a medicine was temporarily or permanently unavailable, an increase of 5 percent compared to the year before, according to pharmacists' organization KNMP. In 2017 the medicine shortage increased by 3 percent, the Telegraaf reports.
"It is mopping with the tap open. Patient and pharmacist struggle with this enormously every day. The patient is regularly given another box because the pharmacist has to move to an alternative. KNMP chairman Gerben Klein Nulent said to the newspaper.
Sjinkie Knegt sustained severe burns when lighting the wood stove in his home in Bantega, Friesland on Thursday. The 29-year-old short-track skater was rushed to a hospital in Groningen by ambulance, NOS reports.
The Dutch association for trauma surgery NVT register 90 fireworks injuries this New Year's, five fewer than last year. The 90 patients include 32 children, NU.nl reports.
Dozens of new laws, rules, and regulations went into effect in the Netherlands at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday. Among them, a cut to the 30-percent ruling, new income tax credits, mortgage caps, a sales tax increase, expanded childcare subsides, and more rights for cities to seize homes related to the illegal drugs trade.
The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam treated eight people with fireworks injuries over New Year's. About half of the injuries caused permanent damage, the hospital announced, NU.nl reports.
The number of victims is about the same as last New Year's, though the injuries are somewhat more serious than in previous years, doctor Tjeerd de Faber said to the newspaper. The youngest victim is 15 years old.
"The most injuries were caused by legal fireworks. Half of the victims were bystanders and were hit by flying fireworks", Faber said.
The Dutch government is implementing a number of law changes on January 1st. Below find a summary of changes made in the category Health, Care, and Sport
The deductible for health insurance remains €385 in 2019.
A 12-year-old boy was hurt on Friday when he fell off a footbridge and landed four meters below in a cave. The accident happened at an old bat cave at the Diergaarde Blijdorp, the zoo in Rotterdam.
Rescuers already at the zoo were able to retrieve the boy. He was in a stable condition, an emergency services spokesperson told Nu.nl. His injuries were not disclosed.
It all happened around 2 p.m. when the boy wanted to give his grandmother a scare at the site. He crept out onto a walkway that is open to the public, and ended up slipping off the footpath.
The Spirit of Christmas was alive and well in Groningen this week, where a hotelier stepped forward to provide shelter to a young homeless man in the city, and another company offered him a job. A photograph posted to Twitter on Christmas Eve garnered attention as it showed a young man curled up in a brick corner of the Groningen train station.
Mayor Marc Witteman of the municipality of Stichtse Vecht in the province of Utrecht passed away on Monday night from the effects of lung cancer. He was 57, the municipality said on Facebook.
Witteman announced in April last year that he was diagnosed with cancer. He continued working as mayor for almost 18 months until his health forced him to step down on August 1st. Yvonne van Mastrigt took over as acting mayor.
A Dutch pre-teen is winning high praise around the Netherlands for racing around the country to play the piano in a fundraising effort. Bas Schipper set a record by playing all the pianos located at 16 different train stations in 18 hours and 10 minutes, breaking the previous record set by Ernesto Dennis by 75 minutes.
In doing so, he managed to raise €61,835 for diabetes research, as of Monday afternoon. The total far exceeded the goal the boy set.
Most Dutch celebrate Christmas at home with friends and family, but a quarter of are lonely over the holidays, according to a survey among 3,342 people by the Salvation Army, AD reports.
A fire broke out at Nijmegen healthcare institute De Velechting on Wednesday morning. Part of the building was evacuated. Eight residents were hospitalized as a precaution, De Gelderlander reports.
The fire department responded to the building on 73ste street at around 6:00 a.m. About an hour later, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid reported that it had been extinguished. The cause of the fire is not yet clear.
The Dutch Health Council wants the government to add the vaccination of 14-year-olds against Meningococcus C and W to the National Vaccination Program. The vaccination of 14 month old toddlers against the bacteria is already part of the national program, but the Health Council thinks that also vaccinating teenagers will add to group immunity, RTL Nieuws reports.
The OLVG in Amsterdam will be implementing a complete smoking ban at all its locations, both inside and outside, on July 1st next year. In this way the hospital wants to contribute to public health, because cigarettes are not only dangerous for smokers, but also for passive smokers, AT5 reports.
Nearly all the people who were injured by fireworks last New Year's were boys of an average age of 15 years, Erasmus MC reports on the basis of 63 victims admitted to 12 hospitals in the southwest of the Netherlands over New Year's. Most of the victims were injured by firecrackers, AD reports.
The hospitals collected data from 54 of the patients, including the type of injury, how it happened and the treatment. Almost half of the injured were bystanders and 22 percent were hurt by illegal fireworks. 50 of the 54 injuries were caused by firecrackers.
A family from Maastricht became unwell due to a carbon monoxide leak in their home on Eyckeroed. The two adults and three children were all admitted to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning, NOS reports.
The source of the carbon monoxide leak is not yet known. The fire department reports that all five victims are still in hospital, but in a stable condition.
The family's home was ventilated and the police are now investigating the cause.
The tobacco industry can not be prosecuted, because tobacco manufacturers are not doing anything illegal, the court in The Hague ruled in an article 12 procedure filed by lawyer Benedicte Ficq.
A number of Dutch scientists are concerned about the well-being of children who are deported from the Netherlands after living here for years. The deportation of these children can have major consequences for their brain development and is therefore irresponsible, Erik Scherder, professor of clinical neuropsychology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, said in a report written with two lecturers from the University of Groningen.
Climate change and particulate matter are the biggest health risks this century, according to a report by 27 global organizations, doctors, academics and policy experts published in medical journal Lancet. The same applies to particulate matter, which in the Netherlands alone caused an estimated 8 thousand deaths, said Peter Blankestijn, one of the Dutch participants in the study, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate launched an investigation into the Amsterdam Medical Center because of a medical study among patients with bile duct cancer in which 14 patients died. The deaths in the study were much higher than expected, AD reports.
Rotterdam's plan to ban smoking on the streets around hospitals and schools has been placed on hold. Responsible alderman Sven de Langen of public health sees too few legal possibilities to enforce such a ban, NOS reports.
In August the Erasmus MC hospital, Hogeschool Rotterdam and the Erasmiaans Gymnasium said they want to ban smoking around their premises on Wytemaweg. De Langen then started investigating whether such a ban can be included in the municipality's local ordinance.