Over a thousand people in county Galway who contracted Long Covid remain unable to work as a result.

The figures are based on an analysis of people who claimed the COVID Enhanced Illness Benefit payment from the Department of Social Protection

Roscommon Galway deputy Denis Naughten is calling on the Government to treat the surge in long COVID patients with the same urgency as the initial COVID-19 infections and ensure that an estimated 21,459 adults nationally who are unfit to work, as a result of the condition, are given access to the medical care they need.

The figures show 1164 people in county Galway are unable to work due to Long Covid, 524 people in Mayo, 286 in Roscommon and 268 people in county Sligo  - are all absent from work as a result of the condition.

Deputy Naughten claims the lack of recruitment by the HSE for Long Covid clinics could see our health system “snowed under” this winter.

He says just a third of the staff needed to manage patients with Long Covid have, to date, been recruited to specialists clinics.

He has been telling Midwest Radio’s Alanah Nolan more about what Long Covid is….

 

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