Is Luxembourg prepared for the spread of dengue fever?

Dengue is spreading more and more in our so-called temperate regions. In this regard, the Democratic Party deputies André Bauler and Gilles Baum put some questions to the Minister of Health, asking, among other things, about the preparation of our hospitals, the monitoring of the spread of the virus in our country and the perspectives established by the WHO.

« Actuellement la dengue, fièvre dite mystérieuse, fait un retour ravageur en Inde à un rythme impressionnant. En effet, le virus de la dengue, qui est une infection virale transmise par piqûre de moustique, se propage assez facilement dans les milieux urbains et semi-urbains.

Il nous revient que cette maladie des régions tropicales et subtropicales tend à se propager de plus en plus dans les régions dites tempérées en raison du changement climatique, de la mondialisation des échanges et de l’urbanisation progressive si bien que l’OMS qualifie ce virus de maladie appelée « réémergente ».

Voilà pourquoi nous aimerions poser les questions suivantes à Madame la Ministre de la Santé :

  • Nos hôpitaux seraient-ils préparés, si besoin en était, à accueillir et à soigner avec efficacité des patients atteints du virus de la dengue et retournant des régions les plus touchées à l’heure qu’il est ? Existe-t-il un traitement spécifique de la dengue ?
  • Comment le Ministère de la Santé surveille-t-il l’expansion du virus dans nos contrées ? Existe-t-il des statistiques en la matière?
  • Quelles sont les perspectives établies par l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) pour ce qui est de la propagation de ce virus dans nos régions au cours des années à venir ? »

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More parliamentary questions

Strengthening the rights of pregnant self-employed workers

Pregnant employees can apply for dispensation from work before their maternity leave, for example if they are unable to work for health reasons. The self-employed do not have this option, which can have a negative impact on the recalculation of their maternity benefits.
DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Mandy Minella have asked the relevant ministers whether paid dispensation from work or an equivalent mechanism will be introduced for pregnant self-employed workers.


Is a pharmacy coming to Bettendorf?

In 2023, the then Minister of Health rejected the installation of a pharmacy in Bettendorf. As the population in the region around Bettendorf continues to grow, DP MP André Bauler has asked the new Minister of Health whether she would reconsider her predecessor’s decision. Has the Minister of Health possibly already been contacted by the municipality of Bettendorf and could other municipalities get a new pharmacy?


Introduction of skin cancer screening?

Since 2008, skin cancer screening has been available in Germany for all policyholders aged 35 and over. As a result, many cases of skin cancer are detected earlier.
DP MPs André Bauler and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the Minister for Health how skin cancer figures have developed here in the country since 2013, whether such screening would also be useful in Luxembourg and why only figures for melanoma (black skin cancer) are collected.

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Reassignment of primary school teachers to their municipality

DP MPs Gilles Baum and Barbara Agostino raised questions to the Minister for Education concerning the reassignment of primary school teachers to their municipality. In particular, they wanted to know how many posts have been published on list 1bis over the last 5 years, what the approach is in terms of prioritizing candidates and, in general, whether the nominations for list 1 by local the authorities should still be the norm.