29/04/2013

Call For Awareness For MS Treatments

SDLP Health Spokesperson Conall McDevitt MLA has called on the Department of Health to do more to promote awareness and information for MS patients after a report by the MS Society revealed that only 68% of people with the condition in Northern Ireland were taking Disease-Modifying Treatments (DMT), which can reduce the frequency and severity of MS attacks, and slow the progression of the disease in some cases.

Mr McDevitt said: "Whilst I acknowledge that Northern Ireland recorded the best uptake of DMT medication compared to other regions on these islands, the report shows that we must do more to provide vital information and support to those with the condition. We are leading the way in terms of monitoring patients with the condition, but we must not become complacent and instead must focus our energies in improving the availability of information, medication and support from people with MS.

"The Minister and his department must ensure that those with MS, as well as other diseases which required a multi-disciplined solution to manage and treat, are made aware of the options available to them, and allow patients to take control of their treatment alongside their medical professionals."

(CD)

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