FN Motol oncologists treat 21 children from Ukraine, more to come

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Doctors of the Motol University Hospital in Prague [FN Motol] they take care of 21 Ukrainian children with cancer. Six of them are in intensive care, including two children with brain tumours. And the hospital is preparing to receive more small patients from Ukraine.

The Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital is one of the largest specialized workplaces for pediatric oncological diseases in the Czech Republic. The public informed about the admission and further admission of Ukrainian patients in a press release.

“We admitted the first Ukrainian patient to our clinic on March 2, 2022. Since then, we have cared for 21 children aged 2 to 18 with cancer or hematology. Four children have already been operated on as part of their oncological treatment. described by the head of the Clinic Lucie Šrámková.

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Of the six children in intensive care, two have brain tumors, one with kidney tumors, one with lymphatic kidney tumors and two with sarcomas. That is, with connective tissue tumors such as muscle, cartilage or ligament. Nine Ukrainian children have already completed their oncological treatment and doctors at the clinic continue to monitor their health. Four children in intensive care are also being cared for at Motol University Hospital haemophilia. This is a serious bleeding disorder. Two other patients underwent bone marrow transplants recently.

Some ask for FN Motol’s care before leaving Ukraine

According to its representatives, most parents of sick children approach the hospital through Czech-speaking relatives or acquaintances who accommodate them in the Czech Republic. Some try to connect with the hospital before leaving Ukraine and thus provide their child with oncological care in advance in a Czech medical institution.

“Parents of small patients most often search for our workplace on the Internet. We expect this trend to continue undoubtedly in the coming weeks. Even if the conflict ends tomorrow, treatment options in Ukraine will be very limited for a while yet.” Šrámková added.

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There are more and more cases where Ukrainian pediatric patients need the most specialized health care. A few days ago, for example, the Royal Vinohrady University Hospital in Prague received a badly burned 18-month-old Ukrainian girl in critical condition. Doctors also had to use donor skin to treat burns on 60% of the body.

We should add that about 300,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the Czech Republic so far. About half of them are supposed to be children. Since the beginning of the wave of refugees, approximately 260,000 refugees have obtained special visas in our country. In addition to staying in the Czech Republic, receiving social benefits, education and free entry to the labor market, they also guarantee them full and free health care.

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According to earlier statements from doctors, they need routine care due to health issues related to travel from occupied Ukraine. They often treat respiratory diseases and intestinal problems.

The migratory wave will increase the pressure, especially on pediatrics

Even before the wave of refugees, experts, including doctors, have long pointed to the insufficient capacity of primary care, especially for children and adolescents in the Czech Republic. At present, therefore, it is difficult to address the issue of providing preventive health care to refugee children.

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According to representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, they must relieve pediatric surgeries [MZ ČR] low-threshold ambulances called sharp AUcurrently operating in university hospitals. However, regarding the number of refugees, even these UA points will not solve the situation of insufficient coverage of pediatric practices in the Czech Republic. In addition, they are visited by adult refugees.

There are doctors on the ground, mainly in the elderly

Concerns about the sustainability of primary healthcare in the Czech Republic were raised at the House Health Committee meeting last week by the director of the Institute for Health Information and Statistics [ÚZIS] Ladislav Dušek. According to him, the existing network of general practitioners in the Czech Republic was not supportive even before the wave of refugees.

“It’s the worst performing segment.” he said the average age of pediatricians in the Czech Republic is around 60.

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“It just occurred to us then [navýšení kapacity v důsledku uprchlické vlny, pozn. red.]if care is not centrally managed, “ said Dušek.

In addition, the number of refugees has increased and continues to increase the most in Prague, Central Bohemia and the South Moravian region. That is, in the regions where the capacity conditions were the worst even before Ukrainian refugees began to arrive in the Czech Republic.


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