Participation of Tonio Borg in an event of spirography to test the lungs
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 10 June 2013, Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, attended in Brussels the 'spirometry morning' where a team of health professionals offered the possibility to assess breathing capacity. Spirometry tests are easy and quick to undertake. They are part of the diagnosis of respiratory diseases and testing lung capacity which take 10 minutes. Spirometry is a simple way to find out if lungs or airways are obstructed in any way because of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma or other conditions that affect breathing.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building, in Brussels, Belgium
||Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) banner
||Folders of the European COPD Coalition event
||Young woman doing a lung test (2 shots)
||Lung capacity graphic on a computer
||Lung capacity graphic being printed
||Man doing the lung test (3 shots)
||Health professional showing the lung test results
||Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, looking at the event folders (2 shots)
||Tonio Borg being photographed next to the poster of the event
||Tonio Borg doing the lung test
||Health professional showing the lung test results to Tonio Borg
||Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH): Prevention is better than cure and because the earlier sometimes that one understands what he is suffering from, the easier the cure. The figures are impressive; more than 44 million suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and about 33 million suffer from asthma. Now, some of these conditions will come to you whatever you do but others can be prevented as well. So first of all, the lung is important to know whether there is a problem and this is so easy to take, I mean, if I have taken it, it is really easy. Secondly, we can do something about it. For instance, the Commission is proposing astringent control on tobacco much more than we have had before because some of the diseases start or are aggravated through smoking so smoking kills and we have to tackle it but in order to know how to tackle the disease, one has to know whether one has it or not and even if one does not have the disease, one can gage the strength of ones lungs or not. So, I recommend it, I have done it, anyone can do it.
||Folders of the event