Health

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. 

Vaccination
Jul 10 '19 15:10

The number of infections with Meningococcus type W bacteria in the Netherlands is declining slightly, according to new figures from public health institute RIVM. The decrease can only partly be attributed by the new vaccination program for this bacteria among teenagers, Hans van Vliet, head of the RIVM's National Vaccination Program, said to NOS.

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Jul 10 '19 13:20

Wageningen University received a subsidy of 12.5 million euros to create a vaccine against the mosquito borne virus Rift Valley Fever that is safe for humans. The subsidy comes from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), NOS reports.

Frost covered leaf
Jul 10 '19 11:00

The eastern parts of the Netherlands woke up to a frost covered landscape on Wednesday morning, for the second time this month. The minimum dropped to -0.7 degrees in Twente. "That is quite exceptional",  Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.

Stress
Jul 9 '19 14:20

Occupational doctors and psychologists are concerned about the massive increase in the number of stress- and burnout coaches in the Netherlands. They are particularly worried that these coaches don't have the necessary skills to provide the help their customers need, according to a study by television program Nationaal Stressdebat among 500 occupational doctors and -psychologists, RTL Nieuws reports.

Abdelhak Nouri
Jul 9 '19 12:40

Exactly two years after Ajax footballer Abdelhak Nouri went into cardiac arrest during a match, leaving him with permanent and severe brain damage, cardiologists at the Amsterdam UMC are calling for better heart screening for athletes. The current method for early detection of heart disorders in athletes is outdated, cardiologist Harald Jørstad of the Amsterdam hospital said to Nieuwsuur on Monday.

Sexual violence
Jul 9 '19 07:59

Victims of rape or sexual assault in the Netherlands are increasingly willing to seek aid shortly after they were attacked. Last year the center for helping victims of sexual violence CSG received almost 50 percent more acute reports - reports made within seven days of the assault or rape - than the year before, NOS reports.

Birth control pill
Jul 4 '19 16:20

The contraceptive pill will not be put back on the basic health insurance package. PvdA parliamentarian Lilianne Ploumen submitted a proposal to do so, which will be voted on in parliament on Thursday evening. But it is already clear that there is no majority support, NOS reports.

Hospital ward
Jul 2 '19 08:30

Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.

Vaccination
Jul 1 '19 17:40

Parents are too free to decide whether or not to vaccinate their child, an investigative committee on childcare and vaccination said in a report on Monday. Participation in the National Vaccination Program should be made a condition for access to childcare, the committee advises. If this has no effect, the Dutch government should consider a "general vaccination obligation laid down by law", NU.nl reports.

Organ donation
Jul 1 '19 16:00

Exactly one year before the implementation of the new organ donor system - in which those who do not explicitly object to donating their organs after death are automatically registered as a donor - half of Dutch adults are not yet registered on the donor system. Of those who are registered, the lion's share indicated that they do not want to be an organ donor, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jun 28 '19 16:10

A person died in Twente in Overijssel during a KPN outage that left emergency number 1-1-2 unreachable for over three hours on Monday, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Twente confirmed to RTL Nieuws.

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