Mr. Speaker, today is World Asthma Day, a day that we need to recognize.
This disease leaves 12% of Canadian children and 8% of Canadian adults struggling to breathe and 300 million people of all ages and all ethnic backgrounds worldwide suffering.
The Lung Association is working with health professionals in Canada to educate those with asthma. It continues to be a major cause of hospitalization for children.
The best way to manage this disease is by individuals being actively involved in their own treatment.
The global burden of asthma to the health care system, to the patients and their families is increasing worldwide. In many countries the prevalence of asthma is rising 20 % to 50% every 10 years.
Further research and funding is needed to identify the factors responsible for increased prevalence rates, to study the primary prevention of asthma and to support increased education in the area of asthma management.
On behalf of The Lung Association I thank my fellow colleagues in the House for their time and attention to this most important health matter.
Remember, when we cannot breathe, nothing else matters.