Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has signed the Meningitis Matters pledge as part of a public awareness drive on the life-threatening disease.
Mike recently showed support for the Meningitis Research Foundation’s Meningitis Matters campaign when he attended a parliamentary reception. The reception brought together parliamentarians as well as leading healthcare professionals to raise awareness of meningitis, particularly amongst children.
Meningitis Matters looks to raise awareness of meningitis and septicaemia, and to ensure that tackling the diseases remains a top public health priority while the current NHS reforms are implemented. Meningitis is still a serious and life-threatening disease that affects around 3,400 people in the UK each year. For more information on meningitis, visit www.meningitis.org.
Commenting, Mike said: “Meningitis still kills far too many children and leaves many more with life-long disabilities. Although real progress has been made over the last decade, more needs to be done. Meningitis and septicaemia are terrible diseases which are vaccine-preventable so no child in Britain should be dying from them in the 21st century.”