ELF supported a free lung function testing event yesterday (10 June 2013) at the European Commission.
Monica Fletcher, Tonio
Borg and Catherine Hartman
from the European COPD
Coalition The event, organised by the European COPD Coalition, aimed to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among EU policymakers.
Chair of ELF, Monica Fletcher attended the event and helped prepare the EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg for his lung test.
The event was very successful and in 4 hours, no less than 250 people took the test.
In his statement that followed, Tonio Borg highlighted the need for further disease prevention by inviting people to take the test as well.
“The figures are impressive; millions of citizens suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and from asthma. More than 40 million suffer from COPD alone. This can be prevented. If one has a breathing problem, one should really take a spirometry test. It is so easy, I have done it, so everyone can do it”.