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The level of Covid-19 infection in the community needs to be driven down much further than it is at currently and it is important people continue to abide by all the public health restrictions to achieve this, the chief executive of the Saolta University Health Care Group, which runs the local public hospitals in the west and north-west, stressed this week.
The escalating number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs), combined with high levels of staff absenteeism due to the virus, is putting severe pressure on local hospitals.
The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign commenced in Portiuncula University Hospital this past week with Louise Ann McGrath, Clinical Nurse Manager 2, St John’s Ward being the first staff member in the hospital to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign began in Mayo University Hospital on Wednesday, January 6.
Local Independent TD, Deputy Denis Naughten, has said the disclosure that not one additional cent of pandemic funding has been provided for mental health services in the region “will have long term consequences for individuals and families over the weeks and months ahead”.
Hospital, Community Healthcare West Executive Officers, Director of Public Health in Mayo, Chief Executives of the Local Authorities in the region and the Chief Superintendents of An Garda Síochána, this week urged the public to follow the public health advice to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Local community groups are being encouraged to forward applications under the Clár programme to support initiatives such as meals on wheels, transport for cancer patients, improved pedestrian safety within school environs and the development or enhancement of community recreation areas.
The €5 million CLÁR scheme for 2020 has been launched by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and Galway community groups, schools, clubs, and health organisations are being urged to apply for funding.
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo passed the 500 mark this week after the National Public Health Emergency Team noted a total of 501 confirmed cases on Monday evening last. That number had increased to 510 by Tuesday evening this week and the most recent information available at the time of going to print showed the number stood at 512.