Thirty-seven people have died from drug overdoses in Iceland so far this year.
In 2018, efforts were made to increase awareness among doctors about the risks of over-prescribing antibiotics. The Directorate of Health hopes that this will lead to doctors reducing the amount of antibiotics prescribed to patients.
Some fear that parliament’s proposal for new restrictions on e-cigarettes could negatively impact the trend away from traditional tobacco use.
All 95 midwives which provide in-home service to parents and their newborns are on strike as of today.
The Public Health Authority of Northeast Iceland has approved a joint plan between Skútustaðahreppur municipality and 13 local companies to reform sewage treatment in the region.
The National University Hospital is currently short 180 nurses and 120 individuals are on waiting lists to be placed in a nursing home.
Minister of Health Óttarr Proppé has appointed a task force to examine the possible public health benefits of correcting the clock in Iceland.
Raising Iceland’s sewage treatment up to international standards would require an investment of ISK 50-80 billion (USD 475-760 million/EUR 405-648 million).
The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) has deemed mussels in Hvalfjörður fjord safe to consume, ending a two-year alert.
Iceland comes first in many measures quality of life, according to data released this month by the OECD.
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir will prepare a new risk assessment for the Icelandic government on the import of cats and dogs.
An amendment to health regulations now permits restaurant owners to allow dogs and cats in their establishment, subject to certain conditions.