Local News for Tuesday 21st May 2019

ISLAND PARENTS URGED TO ENSURE CHILDREN ARE VACCINATED AGAINST SERIOUS DISEASES

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil is urging island parents to ensure their children receive lifesaving vaccinations.
Vaccinations such as the MMR are the biggest health successes of the last century and are the only way to protect your child against some serious diseases.
Mr MacNeil asked NHS Western Isles for statistics on the uptake of the MMR vaccine locally.
He said:
“I was pleased to hear from NHS Western Isles that uptake of the MMR first dose in the Western Isles is back above the target of 95% despite a drop in uptake in 2017.
“Overall 98.1% of Western Isles children have received at least one MMR vaccination by the age of 6, compared to 96.3% for Scotland.
“The development of effective vaccines has led to a huge decrease in childhood deaths and I would urge parents to help maintain high levels of uptake by ensuring children receive the vaccine.”

 

HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS LABOUR MSP HIGHLIGHTS MENTAL CARE NEEDS OF THOSE WITH DIABETES

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart highlighted the mental health care needs of those with diabetes during the recent mental health awareness week.
At First Minister’s Questions, Mr Stewart told Nicola Sturgeon that: “People with diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression. Three quarters of people living with diabetes who wanted specialist mental health support couldn’t get it.
“What is the Scottish Government doing to improve support for people living with diabetes through emotional, psychological and mental health care?”
Nicola Sturgeon promised to ask the Mental Health Minister to write to Mr Stewart providing details of mental health support for people with diabetes.
She said:
‘As Mr Stewart rightly says that is a significant aspect of what diabetes patients deal with so I will ask the Mental health minister to provide that information as soon as possible.’