DONEGAL TD WANTS ANSWERS ON MALARIA DRUG ‘LINK’ TO DEFENCE FORCES SUICIDES

first_imgSinn Féin justice and defence spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn has urged Minister Shatter to address the use of lariam in by the defence forces.It follows an RTE programme last night linking the anti-malaria drug to suicides.Speaking this morning Deputy Mac Lochlainn said; “Last night’s Prime Time programme will have increased the already widespread and well-founded concerns around the use of the anti-malarial drug, lariam and its use by the Irish Defence Forces. “The dangerous and harmful psychological side affects of lariam have been described by many serving members of the Defence Forces.“The US military ceased using lariam several years ago but inexplicably the Defence Forces here continue to use it.“As shown by last night’s Prime Time programme, there are alternative anti-malaria drugs which do not have the same dangerous side affects of lariam.“The gravity of this issue is underlined by the belief that use of the drug is linked to suicides among members of the Defence Forces. “I have raised this issue with Minister for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter on several occasions. It is now something the government must deal with as a matter of urgency.“The health and indeed lives of members of the Defence Forces should not and cannot be put at risk for short term financial reasons.” DONEGAL TD WANTS ANSWERS ON MALARIA DRUG ‘LINK’ TO DEFENCE FORCES SUICIDES was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL TD WANTS ANSWERS ON MALARIA DRUG ‘LINK’ TO DEFENCE FORCES SUICIDESlast_img read more

Parents tell of their fear as Letterkenny pool evacuated

first_imgA mother has told of how children ‘were screaming’ in fear as a ‘major incident’ forced the evacuation of a the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.Three children were hospitalised with up to 60 others treated on site after the incident at around noon today.A large fleet of emergency services personnel rushed to the scene when several people, most of them children, fell ill after taking a reaction to the water. “My three children were in the pool and my son said he was diving when he saw a dark fluid coming out in the pool under the water,” one mother, an eye-witness, told Donegal Daily.“Kids were screaming and running around.“Some dark brown fluid came out in the pool and the staff took them out. Kids were sick, coughing and vomiting. The kids were all shaking and scared.”Letterkenny University Hospital has put its emergency plan in place, although a large number of people who were affected were treated on-site. Around 100 people, situated all over the complex, were evacuated after emergency services arrived. The mother said: “We were just told to go home and get milk for the kids. The ambulance people were doing triage at the scene, but some children were taken to hospital.”Another parent, who was in the viewing gallery at the time, described witnessing ‘a green liquid spraying into the pool’.There are not believed to be any life-threatening injuries.There is currently no admission to the Aura Leisure Centre.Parents tell of their fear as Letterkenny pool evacuated was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aura Leisure Centreemergency servicesGardailetterkennyLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Flood-battered Kolhapur, Sangli limping back to normalcy

first_imgState to ask for ₹6,800 cr in flood aid  The situation in Shirol tehsil, which was severely affected by floods, has also improved as maximum help is being provided there, he said.On Wednesday morning, the water level of the Panchganga river at Rajaram weir inKolhapur was at 42.11 feet, marginally below the danger line of 43 feet, he said.“Till Tuesday, carcasses of 150 animals were disposed using scientific methods to prevent health hazards,” he said.In Sangli also, the flood waters have receded and the Krishna river is flowing below the danger mark.“At 6 am on Wednesday, the Krishna river’s water level at Irwin bridge was at 41.9 feet against the danger mark of 45 feet,” an official at the Sangli collectorate said.Till Tuesday, 49 deaths were reported in flood-related incidents in five western Maharashtra districts of Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Satara and Solapur, divisional commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar earlier said.The state government has been banking on discharge of water from the downstream Almatti dam on the Krishna river in neighbouring Karnataka for the flood situation to ease.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the state government will seek an assistance of Rs 6,813 crore from the Centre – Rs 4,708 crore for Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Rs 2,105 crore for Konkan, Nashik and rest of Maharashtra.He said a cabinet sub-committee headed by him will discuss changing rules for rescue, relief and rehabilitation, while an expert committee will be appointed to suggest action plan in case of excessive rainfall, like 700 per cent in four days (that parts of western Maharashtra witnessed recently).PTI SPK GK GK 08141136 Life is slowly inching back to normalcy in flood-ravaged Kolhapur and Sangli as flood waters have receded in these districts of Maharashtra and the key rivers there are now also flowing below the danger mark, officials said on Wednesday.Till Tuesday, 6.45 lakh people were shifted to safer locations in Kolhapur and Sangli, which have been the worst affected by flooding following heavy rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region.“In Kolhapur, life is inching back to normalcy as the relief measures and work to restore various services are going on in full swing,” an official at the collectorate said.Also Readlast_img read more