Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new study has revealed that Galway has the lowest lung cancer death rate in the country.
The figures compiled in today’s Irish Examiner examine the nation’s health in a range of areas.
The data shows that Galway has the lowest mortality rate for lung cancer nationwide, with 27 deaths per 100,000.
That’s less than half the figure of the highest mortality rate, Co. Carlow with 55 deaths per 100,000.
In Galway city, the number of deaths per 1,000 live births is the second lowest in the country at 1.8, while the figure for the county is 5.6.
The county figure is significantly higher than the national average of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 live births.
There’s also a disparity in the suicide rate, with 9.3 deaths per 100,000 in Galway City and 12.1 in the county, compared to the national average of 11.5.
Up to 50 percent of the county’s population of over 250 thousand people hold medical cards, while up to 15 percent are obese.
The county also has one of the highest number of GPs per capita in the country, with 70-75 GP’s per 100,000.
Draft Tuam Local Area Plan now on public display
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The draft Local Area Plan for Tuam is now on public display, with documents also available on the county council website.
The 2023-2029 plan can be inspected, and submissions can be made by members of the public until 4PM on March 23rd.
A number of other plans for the area are also on display, including a Local Transport Plan and a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.
They are available to view at the Planning Counter at County Hall, Tuam Library and Tuam Civic Offices.
University of Galway event to give students insight into career in healthcare
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An event will be held at University of Galway in April to give students an insight into a career in healthcare.
The interactive programme for transition year students will take place on Saturday April 1st, and again on Saturday, April 22nd.
They’ll see advanced simulations of real-life medical procedures and scenarios.
Registration is now open and the deadline is Friday, February 24th.
Professor of Simulation, Dr. Dara Byrne, explains what students can expect to see.
Taoiseach says he “doesn’t accept” Galway Ring Road bad for environment
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has said he does not accept the view that the Galway Ring Road would be bad for the environment.
Leo Varadkar was responding to questions posed by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish in the Dáil.
It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the long-awaited project, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.
The Taoiseach said while there are different views at cabinet, the Ring Road is part of the National Development Plan.
He gave an assurance that ultimately, if planning permission is granted, it will be funded.