• It takes only seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a blind cord – make your home safe!It takes only seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a blind cord – make your home safe!

    The dangers associated with blind cords are being highlighted in a video being launched today [Tuesday 6 December] by the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with local councils in Northern Ireland, to encourage everyone to make their home blind cord safe.

    Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, said: “Home accidents can easily be prevented by being aware of the dangers and hazards that are present in the home environment and putting in place interventions to minimise the risks. 

  • PHA Zika advice for male travellersPHA Zika advice for male travellers

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding male travellers to and from Zika-affected areas to use condoms or barrier methods for sexual activity for six months after being in an affected area.

    Dr Lorraine Doherty, Assistant Director of Public Health (Health Protection) at the PHA, said: “At this time of year we see an increase in the numbers of people travelling all over the world to visit friends and family, and while sexual transmission of the Zika virus is not common, as a precaution male travellers, regardless of having symptoms or not, should use condoms and other barrier methods during sex for six months after leaving an affected area.”

  • Reduce the risk of spreading winter vomiting virusReduce the risk of spreading winter vomiting virus

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is making people aware of the presence of the winter vomiting and diarrhoea virus, also known as norovirus, circulating in the community. This is having an impact on nursing and residential homes, as well as some hospital services.

    The PHA recommends simple, practical steps to minimise the risk of contracting the illness and of spreading the virus, especially to older people and those with underlying health conditions who may be more vulnerable.

  • PHA raises awareness of safer sex ahead of World AIDS DayPHA raises awareness of safer sex ahead of World AIDS Day

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using World AIDS Day (1 December), as an opportunity to raise awareness about HIV and encourage people to practise safer sex. This comes as the PHA today publishes its ‘HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2016’ report, which provides analysis of the latest HIV data for Northern Ireland. 

    HIV/AIDS is a viral infection caused by type 1 and type 2 HIV retroviruses. It can be transmitted through sexual contact, sharing of HIV-contaminated needles and syringes, and transmission from mother to child before, during, or shortly after birth.

    The report shows that although HIV prevalence in Northern Ireland remains lower than in the other UK countries, the percentage increase in annual new diagnoses here between 2005 and 2015 is highest of the UK countries. The key routes of transmission remain sexual contact involving men who have sex with men (MSM) and sexual contact between men and women.

  • PHA Draft Corporate Plan 2017–21PHA Draft Corporate Plan 2017–21

    The PHA draft Corporate Plan is now out for public consultation (28 November 2016–17 February 2017).

    This draft plan sets out the strategic direction for the Public Health Agency for the next four years and has been developed through engagement with staff and colleagues and a wide range of external stakeholders.

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The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

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It takes only seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a blind cord – make your home safe!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 - News

The dangers associated with blind cords are being highlighted in a video being launched today [Tuesday 6 December] by the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with local councils in Northern Ireland, to encourage everyone to make their home...

PHA Zika advice for male travellers

Friday, 2 December 2016 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding male travellers to and from Zika-affected areas to use condoms or barrier methods for sexual activity for six months after being in an affected area.

Ask your pharmacist for winter health advice

Friday, 2 December 2016 - News

Coughs and colds are among the most common reasons for people feeling poorly over the winter period, but these minor ailments don’t have to lead to a visit to your GP or out-of-hours services, says pharmacist Shauneen Ward.

Shauneen,...

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2016/17

Thursday, 1 December 2016 - Publication

The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season.

 

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