Mansa girls to get free medicine worth Rs.3000 : DC Mansa

November 02, 2017 05:50 PM

Punjab News Express
MANSA : To prevent cervix cancer, girl students of class VI in all the government, government aided and private schools would be administered free medicine of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Mansa district. The girls would get this vaccine on 8, 9 and 10 November.
Disclosing this in a meeting at Bachat Bhawan, Mansa Deputy Commissioner Dharam Pal Gupta stated that the cost of this vaccine in open market is around Rs 3,000.
District administration is doing the arrangements for administering this vaccine for nearly 10,000 girl students on an elaborate level, he added.
In total 9894 girl students would be administered this vaccine which will eliminate the possibility of occurring of cervix cancer upto 90 percent. While 4022 students were administered the first doze of this vaccine last year, 5872 would get the same for first time.
The Deputy Commissioner directed the Health Department authorities to ensure that no girl student is left without vaccination in Mansa.
He also urged the parents to send their daughters, studying in class VI, in school on the designated three days—8, 9 and 10 November—when the vaccine would be administered in the schools. He directed the Education Department officials to ensure that the parents of every child is made aware of the advantage of this vaccine by holding parents-teachers meetings.
Speaking during the meeting, Civil Surgeon Mansa, Dr. Sunil Pathak said that while last year the students of government school were administered this vaccine but this time all the students of private and government aided too would get this life-saving vaccine. While last year 187 government schools were covered and this time the number of such schools would increase to 367, Pathak further said.
He stated that this vaccination program is WHO (World Health Organization) recommended and is already tried and tested in 79 countries of the world. There was no side-effect of this doze was reported during the administering of first doze to the girl students, he said.
He said that the health department is working in tandem with the transport authorities to make this drive a success. He stated that 80 buses would be pressed into service by the authorities for the ferrying of girl students from their respective schools to the 8 vaccination centers in the district. He urged the students, coming for the second doze, to bring their cards issued during their first doze.
The authorities also circulated the telephone numbers of District Immunization Officer-98152-06591 and District Program Manager-97805-58796, in case the parents wish know anything about the vaccination program.

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