SDLP Foyle MLA Sinéad McLaughlin has called for more research to be undertaken into long Covid after it was revealed that more than 200 people received treatment for the illness at the specialist clinic in Gransha Park.
Said Ms McLaughlin: “We have all heard or experienced how debilitating long Covid can be for many people who unfortunately contract the disease.
“The symptoms can greatly impact a patient’s quality of life and leave many people less able to manage daily tasks.
“These statistics remind us all that the virus is still prevalent, and we all must take appropriate steps to protect ourselves and our families as the consequences can be severe.
“It is also particularly concerning that more than 142 people were still on a waiting list for an appointment at the end of June and that the average waiting time is around four months.
“This clearly shows the demand for the service in the Waterside Hospital.
“As we move forward, more research into long Covid will hopefully afford those afflicted new strategies on how to reduce its impact on their lives.”Tags: