Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has asked NUI Galway to carry out a survey on how it promotes and protects students’ mental health.
The Minister says the survey should include students, welfare officers and university personnel.
She says anxiety, exam pressure, work life balance, alcohol abuse or substance abuse can all negatively impact the wellbeing and resilience of the student.
NUI Galway has shown international leadership creating the first Mindful University in Europe with a broader goal towards wellbeing for students, staff and local community.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor announced the survey initiative for NUIG while attending a mindfulness conference at the university today.
The university’s Health and Wellbeing team, led by Prof Lokesh Joshi and Prof Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, has devised the online questionnaire
Professor Joshi says they are delighted to create this Wellbeing Index for the Department.
The information gathered will be shared with all the higher education institutions early in the new academic year.
PIC: Attending ‘Ireland’s Mindful Journey’ Conference at NUI Galway on Thursday, 14 June were pictured l-r: Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President, NUI Galway, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education, Ann Walsh, Programme Director of the MSc Marketing Practice and coordinator of the Mindful Way Initiative, NUI Galway and Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research, NUI Galway. Photo: Aengus McMahon
Ireland now has lowest 14 day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the European Union
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ireland now has the lowest 14 day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the European Union, according to the Chief Medical Officer.
It’s now estimated to be just under 85, which Dr. Tony Holohan says we need to ‘hold firm’ at.
5 more deaths and 270 new cases have been reported.
Dublin accounts for 58 of those new infections, with 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo and 24 in Limerick.
The remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 different counties – 5 are in Galway, which means the recent spike in cases has ended.
Local TD Denis Naughten adds his voice to campaign for additional paid leave for frontline workers
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD is calling for additional paid annual leave for frontline workers who have been working throughout the pandemic.
Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten says employees who have been running hospitals and community services through two waves of the emergency should be acknowledged with additional paid leave at a minimum.
He say workers within the health system and other services such as essential retail, should receive some acknowledgement from their employers of the trojan work they put in throughout this year
The independent TD first raised the idea with the Taoiseach several months ago, and was assured at the time that the proposal would be looked into.
Deputy Naughten’s latest push comes as the Scottish Government has pledged to pay every NHS and social care worker a £500 Covid bonus and as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation takes up the issue with the HSE.
Deputy General Secretary of the INMO, David Hughes says they have lodged a claim with the health authority.
5 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, 270 new cases – 5 in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has now been a total of 2,074 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Tuesday 1st December, the HPSC has been notified of 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 73,066* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 141 are men / 129 are women
- 63% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 37 years old
- 58 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 231 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 27 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks. Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in the EU according the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position. As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to COVID-19.
“As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time. When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas. When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority. For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas. If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.
“Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease.”
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 73,066 confirmed cases reflects this.
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 01 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 01Dec2020)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (18NOV to 01Dec2020)||New Cases during last 14 days (18NOV to 01Dec2020)|
Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 40.2.