Artan Simaku

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BACKGROUND Rotavirus vaccines have been introduced in several European countries but can represent a considerable cost, particularly for countries that do not qualify for any external financial support. This study aimed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of introducing rotavirus vaccination into Albania's national immunization program and to inform national(More)
BACKGROUND The 2009 H1N1 pandemic highlighted the need to routinely monitor severe influenza, which lead to the establishment of sentinel hospital-based surveillance of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) in several countries in Europe. The objective of this study is to describe characteristics of SARI patients and to explore risk factors for a(More)
In the last decades, Aedes albopictus has become an increasing public health threat in tropical as well as in more recently invaded temperate areas due to its capacity to transmit several human arboviruses, among which Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika. Enhancing the efficiency of currently used collection approaches, such as ovitraps and sticky traps, is(More)
The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of rotavirus disease in children <5 years old in Tirana, Albania, and to monitor and characterize the rotavirus genotypes. Rotavirus was detected in 21 % of samples, more frequently in children under 2 years of age, which accounted for 80.8 % of all positive cases. Among all rotavirus-positive samples(More)
The paper presents the results of the research and a comparative analysis of findings on key indicators for the study population. The study instrument was a standardized behavior study questionnaire provided in the Family Health International published manual (Family Health International, 2000). The target group was female sex workers working in Tirana. The(More)
BACKGROUND This multi-country prospective study of infants aged <1 year aims to assess the frequency of influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections associated with hospitalizations, to describe clinical features and antibody response to infection, and to examine predictors of very severe disease requiring intensive care. (More)
Introduction / objectives Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common type of nosocomial infections. The majority of nosocomial UTIs occur following instrumentation. Because nearly 10% of all hospitalized patients are catheterized, preventing nosocomial UTIs is a major factor in decreasing nosocomial infections. The aim of the study was to register(More)
In Albania, the reporting of an adverse events following immunization (AEFI) is done not only by immunization providers but also from clinicians providing clinical treatment of AEFI in health posts, health centers and private or public hospitals. The AEFI reporting system in Albania has started in 2001 with the establishment of National Regulatory Authority(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish the reliability and validity of the translated version of the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ) by evaluating its psychometric properties and to determine possible differences among nurses and physicians regarding safety attitudes. DESIGN A cross-sectional study utilising the Albanian version of the SAQ and a demographic(More)
Dear Editor, In the past 5 years, the number of paediatric centers that apply noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has increased significantly even though on initiation of NIV it is not always obvious which patients will benefit [1–5]. Identifying predictive factors for NIV success would help define which patients will benefit from NIV treatment whilst avoiding(More)