Dáil Éireann - Volume 578 - 27 January, 2004
Written Answers - Infectious Disease Screening Service.
Ms O. Mitchell Ms O. Mitchell
145. Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children the percentage take up rate of health screening by asylum seekers; and if he has satisfied himself with this scheme and in particular that the follow-up screening is operating effectively. [1538/04]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Mr. Martin:Screening in respect of specific infectious diseases has been offered to asylum seekers on a voluntary and confidential basis, free of charge, shortly after their arrival in this country since May 2000. The purpose of screening is to detect and treat certain infectious diseases in the interests of the asylum seekers themselves and their families as well as the community in general.
Initial screening usually takes place in Dublin where asylum seekers may reside following arrival in this country and continues when they are relocated to other health board regions. Those who do not receive screening in Dublin are offered this service following relocation. The guidelines in relation to infectious disease screening recommend screening is provided for the following: TB, hepatitis B, and where appropriate for polio and varicella zoster. HIV testing is also offered.
The following table sets out the percentage uptake of health screening by asylum seekers in the year 2003.
Operational responsibility for the health screening for asylum seekers lies with the individual health boards, which have appropriate regional and local management structures in place to manage delivery of the health screening programme.
Dáil Éireann 578 Written Answers Infectious Disease Screening Service.