Posts tagged as Ministry of Health

PM Kariņš: Latvia has to plan Covid-19 vaccine boosters

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Ministry of Health should start planning a Covid-19 vaccine booster, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said on April 6 after the government meeting, Latvian Television reported. The Prime Minister said it is clear a booster shot to maintain immunity against Covid-19 will be needed next year. “It is clear that sooner or later, after a half-year or a year or longer, we will also need to go through the…

Vaccination Bureau will be supervised by National Health Service

Monday, March 15, 2021

The Vaccination Project Bureau will be terminated as a structure of the Ministry of Health (VM), the Ministry said in a statement March 15. At the same time, a new structure will be established in the National Health Service (NVD) for the coordination of the vaccination, VM said. Under the new structure, the financial and human resources capacity will be expanded, said VM. The former employees of the Vaccination Project Bureau have been…

LTV’s De Facto: mass vaccination may lack medical staff

Monday, March 15, 2021

Centers for mass vaccination against Covid-19 are due to open early April. The main problem may be finding staff who will carry out vaccination in these centers, Latvian Television’s analytical broadcast De Facto reported March 14. Searches for specific vaccination teams started only a few days ago, end of the second week of March, with a hasty announcement of selection. According to estimates of the Vaccination Project Bureau, these centers will…

Latvia: More Covid-19 testing to be carried out

Friday, February 19, 2021

In order to carry out regular and extensive public testing throughout the country and to prevent the rapid spread of new forms of virus, the government allocated additional €83 million, the Ministry of Health said February 18. The testing policy developed and approved by Health Ministry focuses on a broad, targeted and regular testing. This will ensure early detection and timely limiting of infections. This approach will increase the possibility of…

Hospitals might limit outpatient services in Latvia

Monday, December 28, 2020

The Ministry of Health is considering temporarily restricting scheduled outpatient health services to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 infection, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele told Latvian Television December 28. Before Christmas, the government  decided to suspend   the provision of scheduled inpatient hospital assistance for two weeks. The Minister pointed out that it was not normal and could not continue for more than a month, but that the limit could be extended.…

Minister for Health: Responsibility falls not on the Ministry alone

Monday, October 26, 2020

For a successful management of the COVID-19 crisis, it is not only the work of the Ministry of Health (VM) that matters, but the government as a whole and the Prime Minister as the captain of the team, Minister for Health Ilze Viņķele wrote in her blog, LETA reported October 25. Viņķele wrote that crisis management is a collective responsibility because “control of restrictions is the competence of the Interior Ministry, organization of…