How would you describe the many years of your experience in the field of pediatrics?
My experience covers experience of working at a pediatric clinic and a pediatric department, followed by working at an outpatient department. I worked at both government-operated and private facilities as a doctor as well as a lead doctor. My clients included both Czech and foreign patients. Further, I was involved in various projects all of which aimed to establish and operate successful pediatric facilities (polyclinics).
What brought you to CMC?
I see working at CMC as a great challenge in having the opportunity to work at medical facility that has been operating for more than 20 years and is fully-established, has a solid organizational structure and essentially a clear vision for its future development. I will gladly participate in this development and would like to apply the full scale of my professional and organizational experience in the next decade to come.
How would you describe the work environment at our clinic?
I certainly prefer the option of working in teams when working. This form of cooperation benefits me in the sense that I maintain frequent contact and ensure valuable consultations with other colleagues, both doctors and the nurses. In my opinion, teamwork is unavoidable and essential for offering complex pediatric care in a way that will ensure that patients can be treated by various specialists at one single place. This is why I really enjoy working at CMC. At the newly planned CMC branch, I would like to implement this approach with a strong emphasis on teamwork. I believe that mutual cooperation of the team represents the foundation of family health care which is our common goal.
Do you specialize in any particular issues within pediatrics?
First and foremost, I am a pediatrician, i.e. a general practitioner for children and adolescents. My job entails providing medical care to patients from their birth to the age of 18. This covers both preventive care which aims to monitor a patient from the viewpoint of psychosomatic development as well diseases resulting from predispositions inherited from their parents. As a result I must understand the entire range of pediatrics to some extent unlike outpatient specialists who engage in specific fields of pediatric healthcare in a very detailed manner. The results gained from their respective examinations are then compiled by me into a coherent medical report for the patient. In the case of patients where I have achieved absolute trust, I further engage in directing medical care required by the parents of the children who often confide in me with their specific health concerns.
You already have years of experience behind you – did health problems in children change throughout the years?
Tracking trends in childhood diseases is one of the primary tasks associated with governmental health authorities – both in lowering the number of cases of a particular disease in a set period of time as well as monitoring the occurrence of new cases. In general, it can be said that the health state of children in the Czech Republic is very good and improving in what could be considered a positive trend. This is all directly related and proportional to the quality of preventive medical care, the quality of diagnostic methods as well as the available therapeutic procedures and resources. There is a definitive clear decreasing trend in the number of infectious diseases as a result of vaccinations, both compulsory and optional in nature. However, due to a growing number of those who postpone or object to vaccinations, there is a recurrence of diseases which have not been present for years. These include whooping cough, measles and mumps.
On the other hand, we are witnessing a growing number of children suffering from some form of allergy – ranging from allergies to cow-milk, atopic eczema, pollen allergies, and asthma all the way to bronchial asthma – most of these caused by pollution from industrial production. In addition to all this, there is an increase in patients suffering from various immune disorders, including some autoimmune diseases. Such diseases have always been here and will remain.
Do some diseases occur more frequently than in the past?
Compared to the past, there is a growing number of children who suffer from problems with their concentration as a result of long-term stress, often caused by unreasonable expectations at school and with regards to sports. These are often driven by unfulfilled ambitions of the children’s parents. In addition, there is an alarming increase in children falling under the CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) category – i.e. children subjected to higher-risk environments or abuse. It is important however, that children falling under this classification include those neglected in the sense that the parents are not present to educate the children (such as due to work), despite the children often being financially secured. They are however – with all the associated complications – missing the physical presence and guidance in behavior from their own parents.
We would like to thank MUDr. Žáček for this interview and hope that he will continue enjoying his work at CMC.