By Dan Walsh
A passionate call to the HSE to prioritise a Test Centre and Vaccination Centre for Enniscorthy during Covid-19 was unanimously agreed at today’s monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council held under public health guidelines with Microsoft Teams.
Cllr Cathal Byrne noted recent Covid-19 figures when district breakdown became available that Enniscorthy was in the top ten in the country. He suggested that as a district it would be appropriate for the Council to contact the HSE about providing a test centre locally.
Cllr Byrne also offered consideration for someone who requires a test but does not drive and has no other means to get to Wexford for a test. “They are in difficulty,” said Cllr Byrne.
Previously it was possible to contact the HSE themselves and home tests were done by the national ambulance service but given the current situation that is no longer possible. Unfortunately, it is not possible for some people to get a test through a GP and some who need a test are going without a test. “Nobody should be in that situation,” he concluded.
Cllr Byrne suggested the district council contact the HSE and stress the point to them the recent statistics for the Enniscorthy district would merit a test centre locally.
Director of Services Carolyn Godkin said the Council were in touch with the HSE for a location in Enniscorthy as a pop-up centre and are still available for support at that location. The issue is led by the HSE who have not made a formal request, but the Council is supportive of a district test centre should the HSE require it.
Cllr Jackser Owens offered his support for Cllr Byrne’s proposal. He had spoken to two people who had no transport. He rang the HSE who said they might be out in five days, “That is unacceptable,” said Cllr Owens who seconded Cllr Byrne’s proposal.
Cllr John O’Rourke said that Enniscorthy Red Cross could play a part because they have their own ambulance fleet and jeeps, and they may be able to put a communique in place that they may be added to the service and assist with transport to the Wexford Test Centre.
Cllr Aidan Browne agreed with his fellow councillors but suggested the possibility of a vaccination centre in the town. “That should be a priority, after all we are in the centre of the county,” he concluded.
Cathaoirleach Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy asked the proposer, Cllr Byrne, if he would be happy to add the vaccination centre to the proposal. The members agreed. “If it isn’t needed for one it may be used for the other,” she concluded.