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Ó Caoláin welcomes MS Ireland and Novartis report launch on World MS Day

31 May, 2017 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disability Rights Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the launch of a report by MS Ireland and Novartis on World MS Day.

Teachta Ó Caoláin said;

“Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common neurological disorders and causes of disability in young adults. There are 2.3 million people living with MS across the world and nine thousand people live with Multiple Sclerosis across Ireland, while many more remain undiagnosed.

“Today, May 31st, marks World MS day. It aims to bring the MS community together to raise awareness, share experiences and campaign with and for everyone affected by MS.

“I welcome that MS Ireland and Novartis are launching their report on MS and quality of life on World MS Day, here in Leinster House. This will be a useful document and an aid to our work as legislators, helping ensure that people living with MS will have the very best care and opportunities available to them.

“People who live with MS in Ireland face many problems including long waiting times to see neurologists, to access MRI scans and a lack of supports in the community including neuro-rehabilitation services and home care.

“We must help those with neuro-rehabilitation needs to lead full and meaningful lives by giving them quality, tailored rehabilitation and support.

“We need the further development of community-based neuro-rehabilitation teams to provide moderate and high-intensity neuro-rehabilitation in community settings. This is something that Sinn Féin have continuously called for and have provided for in our alternative budgets.”

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