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
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.