Healthy on av­er­age – yet Wex­ford and En­nis­cor­thy among WORST in Ire­land The Cen­sus threw up some in­ter­est­ing re­sults. re­ports

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Wexford People - - NEWS -

EXFORD peo­ple are in rel­a­tively good health ac­cord­ing to the lat­est cen­sus fig­ures – but cer­tain towns in the county re­ported some of the worst lev­els of health na­tion­wide.

Last Thurs­day the Cen­tral Statis­tics Of­fice (CSO) pub­lished the lat­est vol­ume of fig­ures from Cen­sus 2016.

The pro­file – Health, Dis­abil­ity and Car­ers – show that the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in Wex­ford consider them­selves to be in very good or good health.

A to­tal of 87 per cent of peo­ple liv­ing in the county consider them­selves to be in very good or good health. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­sus 2016 fig­ures 88,401 peo­ple in the county which is 59 per cent felt they were in very good health while 28 per cent or 41,917 said they were in good health.

This is more or less on a par with national fig­ures when 87 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion con­sid­ered them­selves to be in very good (59.4 per cent) or good health (27.6 per cent).

In County Wex­ford, 2,621 peo­ple or 1.8 per cent said their health was bad/very bad which is just above the national and Le­in­ster av­er­age which both stand at 1.6 per cent.

How­ever the fig­ures vary greatly across the county.

In Wex­ford town, a to­tal of 11,099 peo­ple said their health was very good. 5,847 re­ported their health was good, 2,102 said it was fair while 412 said it was bad. 86 peo­ple re­ported that their health was very bad.

The num­ber of peo­ple in Wex­ford town who said they had bad or very bad health is 498 which is 2.5 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion. This is one of the high­est ar­eas of bad health in the coun­try sec­ond only to Long­ford where al­most three per cent of peo­ple said they had bad or very bad health.

Wex­ford town and En­nis­cor­thy along with Tul­lam­ore and Ca­van all had rate of 2.5 per cent.

In En­nis­cor­thy, 6,156 said their health was very good, 3,400 said it was good, 1,227 said it was fair while 231 re­ported it was bad. Forty-eight peo­ple said their health was very bad.

In Gorey 5,625 peo­ple said their health was very good; 2,919 re­ported it was good; 874 re­ported it was fair; 143 re­ported it was bad and 23 peo­ple said it was very bad. Peo­ple with bad or very bad health in Gorey rep­re­sent 1.7 per cent of the town’s pop­u­la­tion which is marginally be­low the county av­er­age of 1.8 per cent.

In New Ross, 4,297 peo­ple said their health was very good; 2,498 re­ported it was good; 796 re­ported it was fair; 154 re­ported it was bad and 24 re­ported it was very bad. Peo­ple with bad or very bad health in New Ross rep­re­sent 2.2 per cent of the town’s pop­u­la­tion which is above the county av­er­age of 1.8 per cent and only slightly lower than the worst rate of health in the county of 2.5 per cent which is ex­pe­ri­enced in Wex­ford town and En­nis­cor­thy.

Cour­town Har­bour fared only slightly bet­ter with 2.1 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion record­ing bad or very bad health. In Cour­town Har­bour 1,909 peo­ple said their health was very good; 1053 said it was good; 405 re­ported it was fair; 68 felt it was bad and nine peo­ple it was very bad.

1.8 per cent of peo­ple in Bun­clody-Car­rig­duff re­ported they had bad or very bad health which is bang on the county av­er­age. In the area 1,142 peo­ple said their health was very good; 604 peo­ple said it was good; 179 re­ported it was fair; 32 said it was bad and just four peo­ple felt it was very bad.

Fi­nally, in Ross­lare 935 peo­ple felt their health was very good; 487 felt it was good; 131 re­ported it was fair; 19 said it was bad and nine peo­ple said it was very bad which is the same num­ber as Cour­town Har­bour. Peo­ple with bad or very bad health in Ross­lare rep­re­sent 1.7 per cent of the town’s pop­u­la­tion which is marginally be­low the county av­er­age of 1.8 per cent.

Gorey and Ross­lare have the low­est level of bad health in the county stand­ing at 1.7 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion – but this is still above the national av­er­age of 1.6 per cent.

Dr Liam Twomey, a for­mer Fine Gael deputy, said he wasn’t a bit sur­prised by the CSO find­ings.

‘A lot of peo­ple for­get that Wex­ford isn’t a wealthy county. There is a lot of so­cial deprivation in the county. It is quite clear from these Cen­sus re­sults that this so­cial deprivation is very much linked to poor health.

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