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Concerns raised over uneven distribution of Covid vaccinations to GPs across Galway




Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns are being raised over the uneven distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations to GP’s in Galway.

The matter was raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor Declan McDonnell.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that all front-line staff across the Saolta Hospital Group will be vaccinated by the end of February.

The Saolta Group oversees 7 hospitals in the West and North-West – including UHG, Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, and Merlin Park Hospital.

At this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West, Saolta CEO Tony Canavan confirmed all front-line staff will be vaccinated by the end of the month.

He said approximately ten thousand staff have already been vaccinated, with just over one thousand remaining.

CEO Tony Canavan also acknowledged that in terms of the Covid-19 vaccination rollout, the group is conscious of the more remote areas in Galway.

He mentioned areas such as Galway West, as well as the offshore islands.

Councillor Declan McDonnell said while some GP’s in Galway have received the vaccine, others aren’t earmarked to receive it for another week or two.

His main concern was a complete lack of communication – and he told the meeting that some elderly people are waiting by the phone for calls which may not happen for quite some time.

This was acknowledged by Tony Canavan, who asked members to bear with the rollout as it gathers pace in the weeks ahead.

He said numbers are increasing all the time and will rise rapidly in the coming weeks

Tony Canavan further stated that GP’s will play a crucial role in the vaccination programme – and ultimately may end up administering 50 percent of all vaccinations once the programme is completed.

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21 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 539 nationally and 14 further deaths




Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 14 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

9 deaths occurred in March, 1 occurred in February and 4 in January or earlier.

The median age of those who died was 80 years and the age range was 59-94 years.

There has been a total of 4,419 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday 5th March, the HPSC has been notified of 539 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 222,699* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 295 are men / 240 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 245 in Dublin, 42 in Meath, 29 in Kildare, 26 in Limerick, 24 in Cork and the remaining 173 cases are spread across 19 other counties**.

As of 8am today, 414 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 101 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 3rd, 474,645 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 328,598 people have received their first dose
  • 146,047 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 222,699 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 05 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 05Mar2021)**5 day moving average (to midnight 05Mar2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (20Feb2021 to 05Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (20Feb2021 to 05Mar2021)

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

  • 7-day incidence 78.4
  • 5-day moving average 488
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Galway TD accuses government of discrimination against the regions regarding vehicle charging points in Galway county




Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway East independent TD Sean Canney has called for more Vehicle charging points in the county saying that the allocation of points in Galway is very low.

The Independent TD received confirmation that there are 30 standard charging points, 7 fast charging points and 2 high powered charge points installed.

However, Deputy Canney argued that with Dublin County having in excess of 5 times the number of standard charging points than County Galway, It smacked of discrimination against the regions.

“The Government are looking to the electric car as a solution to CO2 emissions from cars, but they are not instilling confidence in people to buy electric vehicles”.

“If we do not get our act together and install the necessary infrastructure, we will not convince people to change to electric vehicles”.

“The Climate Action Fund is available and must be used but the installation must be fair to all the regions across the country. It is the biggest fear factor in purchasing an electric vehicle is running out of charge but no place to charge up”.

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City Councillor welcomes notification that work is commence on walking route in Rusheen




Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City West and Knocknacarra Councillor Donal Lyons welcomes the notification from officials at Galway City Council that the Parks Woodlands Team are to commence work on providing a new woodlands walking route in Rusheen which subject to approval by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, will see work commencing on the new walkway in May/June of 2021.

“The existing lane in Rusheen is widely used by the public. However, damage is occurring to the woodland where the lane ends as walkers are traversing the woodland in various directions and inadvertently causing damage to the woodland surface.

The proposal will see the existing lane being cleaned up and a loose gravel covering being laid along the existing route and a new route being made which is presently most widely used which will create a walkway from the existing lane leading through the woods to the Barna Road. It is hoped that the new route will entice walkers to remain on the new route and thus avoiding further damage to the woodland.

Prior to Christmas, I was made aware that a gate had been erected on the Rusheen lane and advising the public that the lane was a private road. I made representations to Galway City Council and recently received confirmation that the lane is a public right of way. I have been informed that the gate presently in position will be replaced by a smaller gate which will allow pedestrian access to the laneway.

I am delighted that Galway City Council Parks Woodlands Team are now progressing the new walking route which will be a tremendous asset to the local community. It will add significantly to the excellent passive recreation in the Lough Rusheen Amenity Park, the Barna Woods and Silverstrand areas.

I want to thank the officials at Galway City Council Parks Department for their work in designing the new walking route”.

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