New research by YouGov on behalf of national charity The British Polio Fellowship, reveals a significant awareness problem across Wales when it comes to two neurological conditions as prevalent as Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone disease. Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and the Late Effects of Polio are barely even recognised by Welsh people as medical conditions; the news comes ahead of national PPS day which is to be hosted at The Welsh Assembly on 22 October.
The YouGov figures show that only 5% of people in Wales have ever heard of PPS and only 6% had heard of the Late Effects of Polio, compared to 85% who are aware of Parkinson’s and 84% who have heard of Motor Neurone Disease. The research shows a GB-wide gap in knowledge on PPS and the Late Effects of Polio in general, however out of all the regions, people in Wales came bottom of the awareness league table, despite the fact that PPS is believed to be just as prevalent in Wales as in other areas of Britain. PPS is estimated to affect 120,000 people in the UK, roughly the same amount of people who are thought to be living with Parkinson’s or Motor Neurone.
After being told that 120,000 people were living with PPS in the UK, 85% of those surveyed in Wales were surprised at the figure.
Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, said: “The results of the YouGov survey really stress Great Britain’s lack of awareness of PPS and the Late Effects of Polio, something that we’ve certainly been conscious of and despite our progress in raising awareness, we know we have a long way to go. The British Polio Fellowship has been ensuring the more remote regions across Great Britain are part of our outreach initiatives to advance the PPS message, and it’s no accident that Wales was chosen to be at the heart of PPS day this year.”
The British Polio Fellowship provides support and information for its members along with others in the UK who live with the late effects of Polio and PPS. The charity is still welcoming buildings wishing to take part in this year’s PPS Day and anyone interested should contact Fatema at The British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935 for more information. To find out more about The British Polio Fellowship and to learn about the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome visit the charity’s website at www.britishpolio.org.uk