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RIGA - The number of nurses practicing in Latvia last year was by 188 smaller than in 2016, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center's data.
There were a total of 8,447 nurses practicing in Latvia last year, or 43.7 nurses per 10,000 residents. In 2016, there were 8,635 nurses in Latvia - 44.3 nurses per 10,000 residents. The average figure for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries is 90 nurses per 10,000 residents.
Likewise, the numbers of physicians and dentists practicing in Latvia also decreased last year. On the other hand, the numbers of pediatricians and family physicians increased slightly in 2017 as compared to 2016.