19 MAY 2020
In 2019, 151 tuberculosis (TB) cases were registered in Estonia, 127 of them were new cases, 21 cases were relapses and 3 were retreatment cases, according to the statistics of the tuberculosis registry published today. For comparison, 147 cases of TB were registered in 2018 and 175 in 2017.
Of the patients, 103 were men and 48 were women. The oldest patient was 97 years old and the youngest was 1 year old.
The notification rate (new cases and retreatment cases) of tuberculosis per 100,000 people in 2019 was 11.4 and the incidence rate was 9.6.
In comparison with the countries of the European Union, the indicators of 2018 can be used: the average incidence rate of tuberculosis per 100,000 people was 10.2 in Europe and 11.1 in Estonia.
Estonia is becoming one of the countries with a low incidence of tuberculosis, the main problem is the high proportion of drug-resistant forms. In 2019, a total of 27 cases of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB were registered, including 17 new cases of MDR-TB, which is 16% of new cases of culture positive pulmonary tuberculosis. This proportion is one of the highest in Europe.
Tuberculosis statistics are published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
18 MAY 2020
New data for 2019 has been added to Health Statistics and Health Research Database from our collaboration partner Health Board – selected registered communicable diseases and immunization.
12 MAY 2020
Statistics on consumption of medicines, prescriptions in general pharmacies (table RT01), pharmacies (table TTO50), pharmacies’ personnel (table THT030) and turnover of general and hospital pharmacies (tables TK30, TK31) for 2019 compiled by the State Agency of Medicines have published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
13 MAY 2020
In 2019, 19 hospitals provided emergency medical care. In 2019, 518,840 persons turned to Emergency Department (ED), i.e. an average of 1,422 persons a day. The total number of patients who visited the ED remained at the same level in 2019 compared to 2018. The number of emergency patients had increased in regional hospitals by 1.4% and decreased in central, general and local hospitals – 1.7% and 1% respectively. Most patients of emergency care were sent home after first aid (81%) and one fifth of patients remained in hospital (see figure).
As in the previous years, patients turned to ED mostly themselves (73.6% of patients). 19.2% of patients were brought to emergency care by ambulance car, 5.2% were referred from other medical institutions. The rest, about 2% of patients, were brought by the police, called back by ED if, for example, the patient's health condition had worsened, or a recurring procedure was needed, or hospital's own healthcare staff needed emergency care.
In 2019 the number of emergency patients who brought by an ambulance had increased by 1.6% compared to 2018. The number of patients who brought by an ambulance had increased in regional and central hospitals by 3.9% and 1.8% respectively and decreased in general and local hospitals by 2%.
The data about emergency medical care of 2019 is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
14 APRIL 2020
In 2019, a total of 30,533 people donated blood in Estonia, which is almost 800 or 2.5% less than in the previous year. At the same time, the number of blood donations remained at the same level, according to statistics published today by the National Institute for Health Development (NIHD).
The number of blood donors decreased for the sixth year in a row, but in the last two years the decrease has been smaller compared to the previous average decrease of 4% in 2014–2017.
The number of young donors up to the age of 24 decreased the most last year – it was 19% lower compared to 2018. At the same time, the number of donors over the age of 45 increased by 13%. The number of donors aged 25–44 remained in the same range.
A total of 53,445 blood donations was given last year (53,873 in 2018), so one donor donated blood 1.8 times a year on average (the one blood unit is 450 ml). This indicator has slightly increased compared to the previous years, when it was 1.6–1.7, i.e. frequent donors are actively involved in blood donation.