Local Polio survivors urged to sign up to national register

first_imgAdvertisement Email Linkedin Print Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter MOST people think of polio as long gone and while this debilitating disease has been eradicated in Ireland, there are an estimated 7,000 people who had polio are still living with the impact of the original illness.Polio Survivors Ireland is urging polio survivors throughout the South West of the country to sign up to the Polio Register, to help find out how many are still here and to create strength in numbers.“We are looking for people who contracted polio as babies or young children, to sign up to our National Polio Register, which is currently rolling out in Kerry, Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary,”  said Polio Survivors Ireland chief executive Fran Brennan.“With more evidence of the need for tailored supports and services for polio survivors, we can advocate and campaign for what is needed now and in the future.”Before it was eradicated in the early 1960s, Polio struck down many people in Ireland. The current pandemic brings back many memories for those who recall the widespread fear and panic of their childhood. During the polio epidemics in the 40s and 50s, parents were urged to avoid crowded places and excessive exercise for their children and swimming pools and libraries were closed in an effort to curb this terrible disease that struck mostly babies and children.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Of those who contracted the disease, many were partially and some completely paralysed for life. Decades after, many survivors are now experiencing new symptoms, known as Late Effects of Polio or Post-Polio Syndrome, which often require medical advice and treatment.The Polio Register was set up by Polio Survivors Ireland to provide a clearer picture of the number of people affected. This will help the charity to advise statutory services of the supports needed for survivors. Anyone who had polio, whether they require support now or not, should register to give a stronger voice to all polio survivors in Ireland.Stephen Collins, a polio survivor living in Limerick, believes the Register is essential to help ensure that survivors get the right support.“We’ve already lived through epidemics,” he says. “Thankfully we’ve survived polio but many polio survivors now have to deal with the late effects of it. It’s as though it’s hit again. It’s important for anyone who had polio to know that there’s someone there to help them and that they can always get support or advice if they need it.“It’s a great idea to sign the register because even if someone doesn’t feel they need help now, at some point if they do, at least they can turn to Polio Survivors Ireland,” he explained.Late Effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome can cause previously active survivors to lose mobility and to struggle with daily tasks, fatigue, pain, or to develop an extreme intolerance to cold.To sign up to the register, see www.polio.ie or contact Polio Survivors Ireland on 01 889 8920, email [email protected] BusinessNewsLocal Polio survivors urged to sign up to national registerBy Eric Fitzgerald – December 20, 2020 201 Previous articleLimerick Suicide Watch – our turn to say thank youNext articleTalking Points as Limerick claim a ninth ever All-Ireland Hurling Title Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond.last_img read more

Optimove: Year-round engagement counters post-tournament drop off

first_img BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Optimove upgrades customer journey ‘self-optimisation’ capacities August 6, 2020 Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share According to recent figures published by customer retention specialist Optimove, it has been suggested that operators should focus upon growing their year-round player engagement figures. The data points out that the vast majority of punters mainly engage in betting activity during major sporting events, as Optimove suggests that ‘the average number of bettors drops 60 per cent following the finals.’Asaf Cohen, VP Revenue at Optimove, commented on the figures: “Lowering the ratio of one-timers should be a key approach in every company’s marketing strategy. Operators aim to get the next deposit made. This can be achieved by engaging players with relevant content and offers routinely. “For big event players, we’d recommend cross-sale campaigns for other sports products, such as the Wimbledon tennis tournament, which traditionally starts right after the Champions League and NBA seasons end, to keep players engaged.”67 per cent of bets wagered on final games were placed via mobile phones, with only 15 per cent of these punters betting on early stages of tournaments. Betting using mobile phones has grown exponentially in recent years, with these figures supporting this. The research revealed that the average bet amount during a final game is 38 per cent higher compared to bets placed on earlier stages of the tournaments. In addition, 34 per cent of the bettors on final games do not place bets on earlier stages of the tournaments. Furthermore, a player who placed a bet on the finals in one year is 26 per cent more likely to place a bet again on the following year. Cohen continued: “In order to retain and engage with finals players, encourage them to use mobile. Also prompt and incentivize live bets. “The key is to keep players engaged and interested, so after finals are over is when the real marketing work begins. If done properly, operators will be able to crack seasonality and keep their player perpetually active.”last_img read more