Updated: 21/02/17 : 07:44:55
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Councillor calls for glucose testing sensors on Long Term Illness Scheme

Cllr Dara Mulvey, Chairman of South and West Sligo Municipal District, received unanimous support from all councillors at this month’s council meeting when he called on the council to write to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris to seek the addition of glucose testing Libre sensors to be put on to the Long Term Illness Scheme.

The unit consists of a sensor which automatically measures and continuously stores glucose readings day and night via a painless one-second scan, even through clothing.

Children with Type 1 Diabetes have to check their blood sugars numerous times a day and if they are unwell they could have to check hourly including during the night so this involves waking a sleeping child to prick their finger and draw blood.

The meeting was told, "The sensor, pictured above, eliminates this as blood sugars can be checked with a simple scan. The sensor lasts for 2 weeks at a cost of €60. This price can makes this invaluable product unaffordable for some families and this is why I am seeking to have it to be put on to the Long Term Illness Scheme."

Cllr Mulvey had earlier requested an-update on behalf of Geevagh Local Area Development,
(GLAD) on a notice of motion he submitted in November 2015 asking Sligo County Council to put traffic calming measures in place along R284 Geevagh Village”.

He was told that the council applied for funding to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under the 2017 Safety Improvement Works on Regional and Local Roads Programme for Geevagh and a grant of €20,000 has been allocated.

A detailed design will be prepared and the work will be carried out later in 2017.