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NUI Galway medics report first case of child tetanus

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Medics at the Department of paediatrics at NUI Galway have reported the first case of child tetanus since it became a notifiable disease in 1981.

The case of the 11 year boy is published in the latest edition of the Irish Medical journal.

The case report reveals that the boy presented to the emergency department 12 days after he wounded his foot playing barefoot outdoors.

On examination, the 11 year old was noted to be in no acute distress, but there was marked spasm of his jaw muscles with limited opening.

There was mo medical history of relevance and the 11 year old was unvaccinated.

He was hospitalised for 17 days, 9 in the intensive care unit.

The report notes that tetanus immunisation was started prior to discharge but despite advice and education, his siblings remain unvaccinated.

Tetanus is a rare clinical entity and has been a notifiable disease in Ireland since 1981 with 12 reported cases to date.

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‘Elf Town’ to return to Galway Racecourse with 200 seasonal jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Elf Town has confirmed it’s returning to Galway this Christmas – and says it’ll create over 200 seasonal jobs.

The festive experience, which takes place at Galway Racecourse, is currently recruiting actors and event staff.

It’s billed as a magical 2 hour journey across 4 floors in 3 different buildings, including a visit with Santa.

Tickets for the event are available to book now, with shows taking place from November 23rd.

Aidan Phelan is a producer at Elf Town and outlines the jobs on offer.

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New RNLI Visitor Experience opens tomorrow on Inis Mór

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Locals and tourists will be able to enjoy the new RNLI Visitor Experience on Inis Mór from Saturday 1st October.

The attraction is located in the boathall of the Aran Islands lifeboat station at Kilronan Pier, which also hosts a new shop to raise funds for the charity.

The experience will explore 175 years of the RNLI’s history, include images, milestones, awards and rescue stories.

Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Michael Hernon, says the funds raised are vital:

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Demand for action on anti-social behavior at Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A demand has been made for action on anti-social behavior at the gates of Merlin Park Hospital.

Raising the matter at a meeting of the Health Forum West this week, Councillor Declan McDonnell said the old morgue is being used as a congegrating ground.

He said the issue is going on years – but there’s been little done – including an alleged lack of response from Gardaí.

The HSE executive accepted it has been an issue and said measures had been taken – but it will now look into further action.

Councillor McDonnell says its past time that something was done.

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