Seema Malhotra MP

Labour and Co-Operative Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston

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Three weeks ago, 20 year old Paawan Purba from Heston died as a result of meningitis. You can read her story here

This week I’ve been supporting Meningitis Awareness Week to help raise awareness of the symptoms. Recognizing the symptoms and acting fast can help to save lives.

Meningitis Awareness Week (19-25 September 2016) is run by Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF). The charity estimates that there have been on average around 3,200 cases of meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK. They are deadly diseases that can strike without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs. Babies, toddlers and young adults are most at risk, however these diseases can strike anyone, of any age, at any time.

Vaccines are available for some types of meningitis and for some age groups but MRF is working to provide evidence so that more people can get life-saving vaccines.

During Meningitis Awareness Week and beyond, you can play your part in helping to save lives.

If you are a student starting university for the first time, I urge you to get the MenACWY vaccine from your GP. The meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccination programme covers all 14 to 18 year olds and 19 to 25 year olds starting university for the first time.

Find out more here: http://www.meningitis.org/uk-menacwy

For everyone else, MRF has had a week of activities that will raise awareness and help to provide evidence for wider access to vaccines. Find out how to take part here: http://www.meningitis.org/maw2016

 

Monday: people from across the UK and Ireland told their personal stories to their local media, highlighting the signs and symptoms.

 

Tuesday: saw the launch of an interactive quiz with a chance to discover more about meningitis and dispel some common myths.

 

Wednesday: MRF has encouraged people to write to their local MPs to find out what has happened to a public consultation that could affect the rules restricting vaccine access.

 

Thursday: across the UK and Ireland people wore purple to show support for meningitis.

 

Friday: #ff @M_R_F. Today people are sharing vital symptoms message on social media and help to save a life. 

Meningitis Awareness Week - Find Out How You Can Get Involved In This Important Cause

Three weeks ago, 20 year old Paawan Purba from Heston died as a result of meningitis. You can read her story here This week I’ve been supporting Meningitis Awareness Week to...

Hounslow MPs Seema Malhotra MP and Ruth Cadbury MP have welcomed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to increase the number of police officers in Hounslow following widespread criticisms of funding reduction under the Conservative government. 

London's Mayor is set to increase the number of dedicated ward officers across London by more than 500 in the next two years. The first wave will include 8 wards in Hounslow which will see an increase in officers by the end of 2016. Wards expecting to see an increase are Hounslow Central, Hounslow Heath, Brentford, Syon, Heston West, Cranford, Feltham West and Bedfont.

 

Seema Malhotra MP said: “Local policing is essential, not only to gathering the intelligence that is the most effective way to fight crime, but also because it helps to reassure communities. We all know our community has suffered from cuts to policing and the new officers will be vital to help us prevent crimes as well as solve them more quickly."

 

Ruth Cadbury MP added: “The new officers are a welcome restoration of peoples’ priorities after the cuts of the outgoing Tory Mayor.  It shows the difference a Labour Mayor can make for local people.”

More Dedicated Police in Hounslow

Hounslow MPs Seema Malhotra MP and Ruth Cadbury MP have welcomed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to increase the number of police officers in Hounslow following widespread criticisms of funding reduction...

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Last week I attended the very moving funeral of 20 year old Paawan Purba, a pharmacology student from Heston who died from meningitis just two days after contracting what appeared like flu. I am backing calls by her incredibly brave family to raise awareness of this horrific disease to increase take up of vaccinations and to support more research so that one day we see an end to meningitis.

Today I raised this issue in Parliament https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-09-15/debates/Hocdebdt20160915scrlgtghs_2Cstatementod18tibusinessofthehouse/BusinessOfTheHouse and have called for a debate in the Autumn. 

Paawan’s friends and family have set up a Just Giving page in her memory. I hope that you will take a moment to read her story and donate to support this vital cause. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paawan-Purba

Photo Credit: Evening Standard

Supporting A Vital Cause: Raising Awareness of Meningitis

Last week I attended the very moving funeral of 20 year old Paawan Purba, a pharmacology student from Heston who died from meningitis just two days after contracting what appeared...


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