Call for health innovation corridor

Sinn F�in's Maeve McLaughlin. (0806MM30)
Sinn F�in's Maeve McLaughlin. (0806MM30)

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA has called for the development of a health innovation corridor for the north west to improve the detection and prevention of ovarian cancer.

Ms McLaughlin made the call during a debate in the Assembly yesterday to mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

“In the North of Ireland there are approximately 160 cases diagnosed each year and 120 deaths. Ovarian Cancer kills over four times as many women as cervical cancer does,” she said.

The Foyle MLA said research and innovation facilities in Derry could help in the battle against ovarian cancer. “The North West is the only region that currently has the facility to advance research and innovation in digital science.

“Project Kelvin with its fastest digital link between Europe and the US, the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation unit (CTRIC) and Magee University which houses the intelligent systems research centre must be marketed and supported and I call on the minister to develop a Health Innovation corridor for the region which would greatly assist the science required in the detection and prevention of ovarian cancer and other forms of this killer disease,” she said.

Last week, SDLP councillor Angela Dobbins tabled a proposal at Derry City Council calling on the health minister to raise public awareness of the cancer.