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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFor the third consecutive year urologists from Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital’s travel to Latvia’s far-away regions to provide men there with free health check-ups and consultations. This year urologists decided to visit Dobele, Cesis, Rezekne and Jekabpils.

«Consultations are organized in regions thanks to a charity campaign Duck Marathon, which is organized every year for Father’s Day by Round Table Latvia in cooperation with Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital. Every person who donates money to finance health check-ups for men living in regions receives a small numbered yellow duck toy. After that, all ‘ducks’ are released into Riga channel, where the marathon begins. The owner of the fastest duck receives different prizes. The money raised in this charity event goes to finance urologists’ visits to regions,» as reported by Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital.

Urologist Maris Jakubovskis says the Duck Marathon is a charity event that is regularly organized in different countries of the world to attract attention to men’s health. «This event has become a tradition in Latvia, too.»

Urologists provide consultations and check-ups free of charge. Money raised through the charity event covers all expenses: travel, rooms, equipment and materials.

«Men living in countryside with no easy access to urologists suffer the most in our country. Often regional clinics do not have the necessary specialists, and travelling to Riga is too hard. This is why the idea to organize regular visits of urologists to countryside regions came to be,» says Dr. Jakubovskis.

«The goal of this campaign is improving men’s attitude towards their health. It is no secret that most men are reluctant to undergo health check-ups. If women feel unwell, they do turn to doctors for help. But a real man won’t – he has been raised to not cry and not complain, to sacrifice his life for his family and country. This is why even though more boys are born, more and more of them die over the years and more women remain. Most of those deaths can be avoided if men go to the doctor’s more often,» Jakubovskis says.

Speaking of men’s health, the doctor said that the focus is most often put on prostate cancer, which remains one of the most often diseases revealed at a late phase. But it is not the only urological disease that threatens men’s health. «Men also often suffer from kidney and urine bladder diseases, and malicious tumours. There are also problems of sexual character. If men have problems with sex, can they have a happy family a happy life? This is why men living in regions are invited to come to free consultations with any problems.»

Urologist Juris Jansons, who consulted patients in Cesis on 14 June, says there are many men wishing to attend free urologist consultations in this city. «It gives me great joy to do something good and to do this in Cesis. My experience working in Cesis taught me that Cesis is a city of strong men, and the only thing that can knock men off their feet is disease,» he said.

In July, urologists will visit Dobele, Cesis, Rezekne and Jekabpils.

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