The Indian government has decided to start a statewide vaccination campaign for girls between the ages of 9 and 14 to prevent cervical cancer. The government has given states and Union Territories instructions for the launch.
The state and local governments have been tasked by the federal government to begin compiling a list of girls enrolled in grades five through ten.
Rollout of vaccines
The government unveiled the nation’s first HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine earlier this year. It will be implemented in 2023 and prevent cervical cancer.
The national immunisation programme would start shortly after, according to the federal government’s plans. The Serum Institute of India (SII) received market authorization from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to produce the vaccine.
Preventing and Treating Cervical Cancer
The majority of cervical malignancies are linked to HPV, which is primarily transmitted through sexual activity. Thus, the only method for preventing the illness at this time is with an HPV vaccine. When a girl or woman is admitted before being exposed to the virus, it is most effective.
The letter also noted that the Universal Immunization Program should include the HPV vaccination, as suggested by the National Technical Advisory Group for Immunization (NTAGI) (UIP). The vaccination will be accessible in the majority of government health institutions in addition to primary schools. The number of immunisations would be registered, recorded, and reported using the U-WIN programme.
The Second Most Common Cancer Among Indian Women Is Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is the second most frequent type of cancer among Indian women, according to an article in Medanta. It accounts for roughly 16.5% of all female cancer cases overall. The most common is breast cancer.
According to the data, there are 160 million women between the ages of 30 and 59 who are at high risk of having cervical cancer, which is a startlingly large number. In India, there were 96,922 cervical cancer cases reported in 2018.
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