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Government Should Offer girls in Schools with Cervical Cancer Vaccine

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Peeyush Ghalot
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For girls between the ages of 9 and 14, the government will distribute cervical cancer vaccines through schools. The Center has requested that each state and the Union Territories (UTs) begin compiling data on the number of girls enrolled in grades 5 through 10 in each district. By April of next year, India is anticipated to receive the HPV CERVAVAC vaccination, which is used to prevent cervical cancer. The Serum Institute of India (SII) received market authorization from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to produce the domestic HPV vaccine. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is linked to the majority of cervical cancers, and the HPV vaccination, if administered before girls or women are exposed to the virus, can prevent the disease in most cases. Additionally, NTAGI has suggested that the HPV vaccine be introduced into the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) with a one-time catch-up for adolescent girls between the ages of 9 and 14 before being routinely introduced at the age of 9. Dr. Arora stated that screening women after the age of 35 is crucial since cervical cancer, if found early, may even be treated at a primary health facility. 250 officials from South Asian nations are now participating in discussions on cervical cancer, the state of HPV prevention, and the future in 50 different countries.

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