Protect, Immunise—That the Parliament welcomes European Immunization Week 2014 on 22 to 26 April; considers that, while there has been considerable progress over the last 30 years in implementing immunisation programmes, there is still more progress to be made; understands that nearly one million people in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region do not receive basic vaccinations and are more susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases that continue to cause illness, disability and even death; notes that optimal protection requires vaccination uptake rates to be as high as 95%; expresses concern regarding the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s recent measles and rubella monitoring report, which shows that 1,900 cases of measles were reported in the UK from January to December 2013; understands that some of the non-immunised population belong to hard-to-reach groups that lack information about the importance and availability of vaccination; further understands that more new immunisation resources were released during 2013 than in any other year, including the publication of WHO’s Guide to Tailoring Immunization Programmes, which is designed to identify susceptible populations, determine barriers to vaccination and implement evidence-based interventions and the profile of European Immunization Week in the media, and hopes that the informational activities carried out by EU member states during European Immunization Week 2014 will help to address challenges regarding immunisation in the UK.
Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has welcomed the news that the West Harris Trust has secured funding to the tune of just over £1million from the Big Lottery Fund to provide a community hub in Horgabost, Harris.
North Scottish Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant has welcomed the decision by the NHS Highland Pharmacy Practice Committee which has refused the application to introduce a pharmacy into Castletown, Caithness.
Highlands and Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant has expresses her concern at the latest disruption in a series of ferry breakdowns on the Stornoway to Ullapool route.
The MV Isle of Lewis failed to sail since Sunday and has not yet returned to service with another ferry being forced to service the route today following a detour through Harris and Skye on the MV Clansman including a bus at both sides of the route until the MV Isle of Arran was able to take over the route
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has welcomed the Community Land Scotland publication of the Bunchrew Land Declaration with a motion in the Scottish Parliament.
Last week (19-20 March 2014) Community Land Scotland held a seminar at Bunchrew House, near Inverness with invited guests from various Scottish, UK, EU and wider international land reform interests.
As we have heard, immunisation can be life-saving.
Members have talked about the devastation that can be caused by the implications of diseases that we can now vaccinate against.
Richard Simpson talked about 14 vaccinations, not including the recently announced one for meningitis B.