Action demanded on public health concerns

GW seriousA local Euro MP is calling for Europe-wide action on two major health issues.

Glenis Willmott, who leads on public health for Labour in the European Parliament, is calling for greater attention to be given to Hepatitis B & C which attack the liver, as well as to gestational diabetes, which affects women during pregnancy.

Every year in the European Union and the European Economic Area, there are over 14,000 cases of hepatitis B and over 26,000 diagnoses of hepatitis C.

Glenis said: “There needs to be much greater awareness of hepatitis B and C as urgent public health concerns.

“We want the European Commission, working with member states, to take the initiative in coordinating initiatives aimed at early diagnosis and wider access to treatment and care.”

On Gestational diabetes and obesity during pregnancy, there is particular concern as this can lead to higher rates of perinatal illnesses and mortality.

Glenis said: “Children born to women affected, face a higher risk of suffering from obesity and diabetes themselves, and pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes at a later stage.

“We are calling on the Commission to promote further research into this, and draw up an EU-level strategy to achieve universal screening of pregnant women for gestational diabetes.”

“Both these issues affect people across the continent, so it’s right that Europe should take a lead in promoting better public health.



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