Com­mu­ni­ca­tion call over ef­forts to con­trol TB out­break

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

THE chair­man of Llanelli Ru­ral Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Sharen Davies, has called for fur­ther pub­lic as­sur­ances on ef­forts to bring the Ll­wyn­hendy TB out­break un­der con­trol.

She said: “First and fore­most, I would like to thank Pub­lic Health Wales and Hy­wel Dda Univer­sity Health Board for the se­ries of com­mu­nity screen­ing ses­sions held in Ll­wyn­hendy over the last few days.

“How­ever, it is only nat­u­ral for res­i­dents to feel a lit­tle con­cerned about the im­pact of the screen­ing process and what hap­pens next.

“While tar­get groups have been iden­ti­fied for screen­ing, I would en­cour­age any in­di­vid­ual who is un­cer­tain about their own par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stances to come for­ward and ar­range to be screened.

“They can do this by call­ing 02920 827627.”

She added: “Go­ing for­ward, timely com­mu­ni­ca­tion about how ef­fec­tive the set of ac­tions have been in bring­ing the TB out­break un­der con­trol will be para­mount. This will be nec­es­sary to al­lay any on­go­ing con­cerns and to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance to lo­cal peo­ple.

“Although the ru­ral coun­cil has not been di­rectly in­volved in the screen­ing ses­sions, it will be li­ais­ing with health of­fi­cials about the next steps to be taken and what per­haps it can do to help com­mu­ni­cate any im­por­tant key mes­sages to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially if it is felt that ad­di­tional lo­cal­ity-based screen­ing ses­sions are planned or if fur­ther con­trol mea­sures need to be in­tro­duced. I would like to re­as­sure res­i­dents the coun­cil will be li­ais­ing with Pub­lic Health Wales and Hy­wel Dda Health Board in this re­gard.”

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