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# Public Health

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# System Overload
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is the Irish public health system coping?
Reporter Peter McGuire and Dr Anne Dee of the Irish Medical Organisation tell Susan Daly about public health challenges and reforms.
# Public Health
HSE not at 'starting line' in developing digital health record
An Oireachtas committee heard that the current paper-based record system is holding the health service back.
Last month
January 2023
# System Overload
Strength of gay community response to monkeypox was ‘key’ in controlling outbreak
After Covid, monkeypox was the first big test for Ireland’s public health system. How did we fare – and what can we learn?
THE MORNING LEAD
Public health reform taking off - but success depends on State tackling inequality
A report by
Peter McGuire
Targets for recruiting public health staff are mainly on track, an investigation by Noteworthy reports.
This follows two decades of campaigning, with experts saying initial improvements are only the beginning
Data collection and analysis lag behind, with improved systems vital to make an impact
Expert: 'Public health medicine doctors were treated as second-class professionals for a long time'
Last year
2022
# Outbreak
Health probe underway into increase in E. Coli cases in Mid-West HSE area
29 cases were recorded in the week preceding 27 August, 7 of which were in the Mid-West region.
# Public Health
WHO to decide if monkeypox is a global emergency as Ireland records 10 more cases
The WHO decided in June against declaring such an emergency but will reconvene next week amid rising cases.
# Outbreak
Recent decline in childhood vaccinations reaching crisis point, UN says
24.7 million children missed their first dose of the measles vaccine, while 3.5 million missed the first vaccine for HPV.
# transmission
Monkeypox outbreak ‘could amplify’ during festival season, says World Health Organization
Evidence suggests the current outbreak could have started in Europe in mid-April.
# typhoid fever
Public advised to get travel vaccines after recent cases of typhoid fever in Mid West region
The Department said that high-risk areas included the Indian subcontinent, Africa, south and southeast Asia and South America.
# cancer screening
Cervical smear intervals moved from 3 to 5 years with HPV testing. Why?
In short, screening every three years with cytology is as effective as screening every five years with HPV.
# CervicalCheck
Population coverage of cervical cancer screening has been dipping since 2017
The report notes that since CervicalCheck began in 2008, it has reduced the incidence of cervical cancer by 2.8% per year.
# Cryptosporidium
Concerns raised by public health officials following Cryptosporidium outbreak in Mid-West
There were 121 Cryptosporidium cases recorded in the Mid-West region in 2021
# Public Health (Alcohol) Act
Minimum alcohol pricing rules kick in today - here's what that means
€7.10 is now the minimum price for a bottle of wine that has an alcohol content of 12%.
All time
# nphet
Varadkar says 'a plethora of voices' caused 'mixed messages' on Covid
It comes after Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he is ‘trying to check out’ reports that some members of NPHET withdrew from broadcasts
# covid latest
Taoiseach says 'call to arms' has helped stabilise cases but suggests Christmas will not be 'normal'
Legislation that will allow the government to reinstate mandatory hotel quarantine passed all stages in the Dáil this evening.
NPHET met today to discuss the advice it will give to government on the risks posed by the new Omicron variant.
Health officials considered whether more restrictions should be advised in the context of the current situation.
Legislation that will allow the government to reinstate mandatory hotel quarantine passed all stages in the Dáil this evening.
Children and face masks: Some tips from a speech and language therapist
Omicron Covid variant detected in Ireland from travel but 'no evidence yet' of community transmission
# Covid-19
Midnight closing time for pubs from Thursday as Cabinet agrees on measures to curb Covid-19
The government’s previous advice for people to work from home if possible is to come into force again from Friday morning.
# Public Health
Government should consider reinstating work from home advice amid 'very high' Covid cases - NPHET
In his latest letter to the Minister for Health, the CMO said extending the use of Covid certificates should also be considered.
# Public Health
New laws on alcohol advertising during sports and children's events come into force today
It follows the banning of loyalty points for alcoholic drinks and the introduction of the so-called “booze curtain”.
# Explainer
The government's health screening 'czar' wants people's input on how services could be extended
We see screening as something that is in the public ownership, Professor Niall O’Higgins said on why the public were being asked.
Voices
Opinion: Coping with Long Covid - how exercise and other treatments can help
The focus on research into and symptoms of Long Covid needs to be complimented by treatment options, writes Dr Jennifer Dineen.
# Covid-19
Coronavirus: 1,997 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health announced the figures this afternoon.
# Public Health
'Trust parents': Archbishop says sacraments should proceed despite public health advice
Dermot Farrell claimed the Government’s Covid-19 measures were “discriminatory” to the Catholic Church.
# Public Health
Minister asks public and churches for patience on communions and confirmations
Charlie McConalogue asked people to follow the public health guidelines and to hold off on hosting the ceremonies.
# Public Health
Dr Mike Ryan: 'We're underestimating the tsunami of mental health issues emerging'
Dr Ryan also spoke of how inequality has led to poorer outcomes for marginalised groups during the pandemic.
# Public Health
Northern Ireland won't follow England's approach to easing restrictions, says deputy first minister
Michelle O’Neill branded the UK Government’s approach to removing restrictions “reckless”.
# Limerick
'Frustration' as Leaving Cert students in Limerick to miss written exams due to Covid outbreak
Over the past fortnight there have been 800 confirmed cases in Limerick.
# restrictions
Emergency Covid-19 powers extended after narrowly passing Dáil vote
After November the powers can be rolled over for a further three months, but will not go beyond next February.
# nphet
CMO warns Health Minister that the risk of a further spike in Covid-19 cases remains
Dr Tony Holohan advised that people who are not yet vaccinated should limit indoor interactions with other unvaccinated people.
# Public Health
84 public health consultant roles to be created under proposed Dept Health and IMO deal
It’s understood that the IMO will recommend the agreement to their members.
Voices
Opinion: Dog fouling is driving Ireland's residents barking mad
Fianna Fáil TD Cormal Devlin says we need greater education and enforcement when it comes to the growing scourge of dog fouling.
# Coronavirus
Coronavirus: Eight deaths and 591 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Four deaths occurred in March, with four happening in February.
# VTEC
E. coli outbreak identified at setting in Mid-West region
The outbreak affected young children in a single setting.
# Public Health
Dr Gabriel Scally doesn't feel 'dumped' from CervicalCheck and has 'an understanding' with the minister
Scally’s 170-page report into the CervicalCheck programme was published on 12 September 2018.
# timeline
The CervicalCheck controversy: How a vital cancer screening service is fighting to regain the trust of women
Cervical screening is a vitally important service for women in Ireland. But it’s been marred by flawed policies and deep mistrust.
The powerful, brave women who pushed for a higher standard of cervical screening programme
A look at the reports that examined the CervicalCheck programme, and found it clinically sound
Where are we now with the issue of liability, the court cases, and the screening programme itself?
CervicalCheck: How does Ireland's cervical smear screening programme work?
A woman with the strength of the sea: The Kerry Gaeltacht says goodbye to Emma Mhic Mhathúna
# National Service Plan
HSE struggles to recruit public-health doctors, as it launches 2021 spending plan
Over half of the HSE’s boosted budget will go towards non-Covid-19 measures.
# Stephen Donnelly
Health Minister warned of staff shortages by HSE in pre-Christmas message
Dr Lorraine Doherty wrote on 21 December that the Covid-19 situation was “deteriorating”.
# tokyo 2020
Olympic chief calls for 'patience and understanding' on Tokyo Games decision
The emergence of new strains has sparked debate on whether the Games should take place.
# doctor strike
Doctors say it's 'difficult' to see how they can avoid going on strike over lack of resources
They were due to strike today.
# Killorglin
Students at Kerry school advised to stay at home up until 30 December after 17 Covid cases confirmed
“It has been uncommon to see an outbreak of this scale among a school population,” a HSE letter sent to parents said.
# IMO
Health Minister 'disappointed' at public health doctor plans to strike for three days in January
The IMO has expressed disappointment at “no meaningful engagement” from the Department of Health for five months.