Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has praised a project which educates children across the region about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is hugely prevalent in the region.
A team of academics and PHD students from the University of the West of Scotland, including Professor John Lockhart, have been working closely with local children as part of the multi-million BREATH (Borders and Regions Airways Training Hub) project, backed by InteREG money covering Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
To date over 1,700 pupils have engaged in learning more about the effects of COPD, with 15 schools having participated so far. The team plan further visits across the region’s schools in coming weeks.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, who has been a strong supporter of the BREATH project, feeling it can go a long way to drive forward awareness and improved research into COPD with an aim to reduce the number of sufferers across Dumfries and Galloway, which has some of the highest incidences of the disease in the world.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I was delighted to hear that school children across my constituency have been had the opportunity to find out more about COPD as a result of the BREATH project.
“It is vitally important that future generations are aware of how deadly COPD can be, particularly given its prevalence in our region.
“With millions being invested in the BREATH project, we have a real opportunity to reduce the effects in this region and I believe our school pupils can play a huge part in that.
“I am keen to continue to show my support for this work into COPD, and I am hoping to join the team at one of their upcoming engagement sessions at a local school to further my own knowledge.
“This is a hugely worthwhile project and I applaud the huge number of local pupils who have engaged so much with the BREATH project team.”