Support group at hand to help post-polio sufferers

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

A SUPPORT group for post-polio sufferers are aiming to raise awareness of their organisation with an upcoming campaign.

A SUPPORT group for post-polio sufferers are aiming to raise awareness of their organisation with an upcoming campaign.

As part of the campaign, Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long hosted a reception at City Hall yesterday.

The Post Polio Support Group’s Limerick branch have 37 members, who meet on the first Monday of every month in the Strand Hotel.

Nationally, there are 850 people who suffer from the illness, with a further 7,000 in the country estimated to have post-polio syndrome.

Board member of the Post Polio Support Group, Marie Boland – who contracted polio at the age of four – outlined the treatment the organisation can provide for sufferers.

“Polio is considered by the medical profession and the general public as a dead disease. However, survivors of the initial virus, some of whom made a good recovery, are now suffering from the Post Polio Syndrome.

“Fatigue, weakness, and joint and muscle pain are just some of the symptoms.

“The Post Polio Support Group can supply aids and appliances and assistance technology, along with services, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy assessments, counselling and chiropody.”

Once a month, the Post Polio Support Group also bring patients to renowned neurologist Professor Orla Hardiman in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

Rotary International and the Melinda Gates Foundation fund much of the work carried out.