By Michelle Crean
A Kerry Councillor has this week called on the Council to provide a dedicated Lyme Disease Treatment Unit as a matter of extreme urgency.
Kerry County Councillor, Michael Cahill, wants immediate action by Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, the HSE and the Department of Health, for the southern region, to end the practice of Irish citizens having to travel abroad for diagnosis and treatment.
Councillor Cahill also called on the Minister and the HSE to introduce an Educational and Awareness Programme for Primary Care providers including GPs, Public Health Nurses and the general public as a matter of priority.
Speaking at this month’s meeting of Kerry County Council, the Fianna Fail Councillor said this horrible condition is becoming more prevalent, particularly in Kerry.
“The number of cases has increased tenfold within the past 10 years and it is highly unacceptable to be sending more and more people abroad for treatment and diagnosis,” he said.
“Lyme Disease is most common in Kerry and Cork and it is now in every parish in our county. There has been far too many cases of misdiagnosis and it’s high time that a consultant in Infectious Diseases be appointed to UHK to help end the practice of Irish citizens having to travel abroad for diagnosis and treatment.”