Workshop on HPV vaccine campaign in Gangtok

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EOI CORRESPONDENT
Gangtok
25 Jul 2018

The Department of Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare in association with UNICEF organized State Media Sensitization Workshop on Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine Campaign in Gangtok on Wednesday, said an IPR release.
The workshop was attended by Commissioner cum Secretary Health Vishal Chauhan and Director of Health Service Dr Uttam Pradhan, officials and representatives of State Health Department, WHO and UNICEF.
Chauhan said: “The introduction of HPV vaccine in Sikkim which is going to be launched shortly targets around 30,000 female children across the state between 9 years plus to less than 14 years of age, making it the largest ever immunization campaign in Sikkim. It aims to protect girl child from cervical cancer.”
Chauhan informed the government had decided to provide HPV vaccine free of cost to girl children between 9-14 years. The vaccine had been approved by Drug Controller General of India and it was done under strict monitoring of WHO and UNICEF.
Dr Pradhan said the HPV vaccine would be launched on July 30 and Sikkim will become the first state in India to cover all the districts. Earlier, Punjab had undertaken it as a pilot project in districts but Sikkim will be the first state to be covering all the four districts. He said that the vaccine was one of the most cost effective vaccines for protection of girl child from cervical cancer and in more than 70 courtries of the world.