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British Indian MP Virendra Sharma supports Meningitis Awareness Week

Indian-origin British MP Virendra Sharma

London, Sep 24 (UITV)- Indian-origin British MP Virendra Sharma has joined a campaign to raise awareness on meningitis in Ealing, Southall during national Meningitis Awareness Week to ensure that people are aware of the symptoms.

Meningitis Awareness Week 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.

Baby, toddlers and young adults are most at risk; however these diseases can strike anyone of any age at any time.

Sharma raised awareness about the deadly impact of the diseases in his constituency, which has a majority of Indians.

MRF Chief Executive, Vinny Smith said: “We are so grateful to Virendra Sharma for raising awareness. We encourage everyone to be vigilant and to get medical help if you spot the symptoms.”

New university students are also being encouraged to get vaccinated against a type of meningitis that has been on the rise in this age group.