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Shock as rickets cases rise in East Lancashire
5:00pm Thursday 6th September 2012 in News
CAMPAIGNING MP Kate Green has highlighted the ‘shocking rise’ in rickets as East Lancashire public health chiefs warn parents of a disease many thought consigned to history.
The Labour MP called for government action over the disease, which for generations was associated with poverty.
She acknowledged steps to remind GPs about the dangers of a lack of vitamin D, which causes the disease that leads to soft and deformed bones, but said more was needed to raise awareness.
Already East Lancashire public health bosses are telling families children need exposure to sunshine and a healthy diet.
In Blackburn with Darwen the local NHS and the council launched a special “Shine” campaign offering vitamin D supplements to pregnant mothers, new mums and all under fives.
This exceeds government guidelines.
Ms Green said the number of cases of rickets nationally rose from 183 in 1996 to 762 in 2011 adding: “Rickets is a preventable disease, one that many of us thought firmly belonged to the past, and which we can and should take action to eradicate.”
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