HPV vaccination begins in North Sikkim schools

HPV vaccination
Thu, Apr 25, 2019

MANGAN (IPR): An inaugural programme of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination campaign for north district took place at Mangan girls senior secondary school today. HRD (north) joint director D.Pradhan graced the occasion as the chief guest.
The vaccination was overseen by the doctors from the district hospital Mangan comprising CMO Dr. D.C. Sharma, DRCHO Dr. P.K. Basnet, Dr. Roshana Bhumzan. Also present during the inaugural session were school principal Mamta Rani Rai, school faculties and students.
At the outset of the programme, Pradhan cut the ribbon of vaccine box and promoted the vaccine and immunization card.
School principal Mamta Rai, in her welcome address, spoke on importance and awareness on HPV vaccine. She informed that HPV infection is main cause of cervical cancer and genital warts, therefore it is very important to get HPV vaccine at right age.
The inaugural vaccination programme saw 38 girl students who were given the second dose of HPV vaccine while the first dose has already been completed on August 2018.
On April 24, six schools - Mangan Girl’s Senior Secondary School, Kalzang Gyatso Secondary School, Kabi; Dream Valley Academy; Chungthang Secondary School; Sonam Choda Senior Secondary School, Lingdong and Ralak Junior High School were selected for HPV vaccination.  
The HPV vaccination campaign in various schools in north district has been scheduled from April 25 to May 2.

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