Government Makes Investment to Improve Respiratory Health of Canadians



    OTTAWA, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Federal Health Minister Tony Clement
today joined the Canadian Lung Association to announce the development of a
national action plan to improve the respiratory health of Canadians.
    The National Lung Health Framework represents a coordinated approach to
prevent and manage respiratory diseases in Canada. The framework will lead to
better policy, leadership, research, innovation and education on lung health.
Over the next two days, 175 stakeholders representing a wide range of
interests will discuss an outline for the action plan and establish priorities
and goals for going forward.
    Canada's New Government is investing more than $1 million in financial
and technical support to enable the development of the framework, including
$350,000 to the Canadian Lung Association for consultations across Canada,
including meetings with provincial and territorial government representatives.
    "Respiratory diseases affect more than 3.5 million Canadians, some of
whom end up in Canadian emergency rooms," said Minister Clement. "Today,
Canada's New Government is taking action with the Canadian Lung Association to
improve the lung health of all Canadians."
    "Through partnership with the Government of Canada and stakeholders
nationwide, we are building an Action Plan on Lung Health that will make a
significant improvement to the health of Canadians and their families," said
Nora Sobolov, Chair of the Interim Steering Committee for the National Lung
Health Framework. "It is simply not acceptable that one Canadian dies every  
20 minutes from lung disease, or that rates of lung disease continue to grow
at a staggering rate. The time for action is now: and that is exactly what
this is all about."
    Serious lung diseases include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease, lung cancer, influenza and pneumonia, bronchiolitis, tuberculosis,
cystic fibrosis, and respiratory distress syndrome. According to the World
Health Organization, lung disease will be the third leading cause of death in
the world by 2020.

    The Public Health Agency of Canada works to prevent and control the
health effects of chronic respiratory diseases. For more information, visit
www.phac-aspc.gc.ca.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Erik Waddell, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Health, (613) 957-0200; Alain Desroches, Media
Relations Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada, (613) 948-7970


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