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# Public Health

This month
September 2023
Ban on single-use vapes to be considered by Scottish government
The move could put the Scottish government on another colission course with their London counterparts.
This year
HSE warns measles outbreak could happen in Ireland amid faltering vaccine uptake
A report by
Valerie Flynn
There has been a significant increase in cases of measles in Europe in the first half of this year.
Almost 1 million doses of illegal and counterfeit medicine seized by HPRA in 2022
Almost half of the substances seized were sedative medicines or anabolic steroids.
Minimum unit pricing led to 13% fall in alcohol-related deaths in Scotland
Scotland still allows alcohol to be sold for cheaper than Ireland’s minimum unit price policy.
Former NPHET member: Long-term school closures were 'not required'
Professor Cormican was speaking this morning to RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor.
Drug decriminalisation policy 'could help with criminal and social issues', Irish report finds
Decriminalisation is the removal of criminal penalties for possession of drugs for personal use.
'Go back to doing the things you love': CMO writes post-pandemic open letter to older people
Prof Breda Smyth said she wanted to reassure people who were concerned about the spread of Covid that it is safe to go out and about.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
Monkeypox outbreak ‘could amplify’ during festival season, says World Health Organization
Evidence suggests the current outbreak could have started in Europe in mid-April.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Coronavirus: 1,997 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health announced the figures this afternoon.
'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.
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.
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.
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”.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Eight deaths and 591 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Four deaths occurred in March, with four happening in February.
E. coli outbreak identified at setting in Mid-West region
The outbreak affected young children in a single setting.
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.