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Minister Kelly lends support to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)

20 November, 2008 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly MLA along with Jeffrey Donaldson today attended the launch of CRY's postcard campaign, to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death in the young.

The campaign is to encourage the public to contact politicians to secure their support for screening in the young and prevent sudden youth deaths from this condition.

The Ministers have special responsibility for children and young people's issues and in particular, the 10 year strategy for children and young people in Northern Ireland which focuses on six outcomes, one of which is health.

They offered their support for action to help the prevention of sudden cardiac death.

At the launch, Minister Kelly highlighted this devastating condition which affects around 18 young people here each year. He said:

"I am very glad to lend my support to this cause today. I understand that currently the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is working with the other health departments, screening organisations and CRY to develop the evidence base on screening for sudden cardiac death. OFMDFM has a commitment to preventative and early intervention and the aim is to improve the quality of life, life chances and living for all our children and young people and reduce the likelihood of more serious problems developing in future." ENDS

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