ENCOURAGE TO TAKE HPV VACCINATION
SG. BESAR : The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) is targeting 200,000 adolescent young women aged 18 to inject with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for free.
Deputy Minister Datuk Noriah Kasnon, said the Federal Government has allocated RM50 million for the program and it is the first time held in Southeast Asia, in promoting vaccination to prevent cervical cancer.
Until now, a total of 39,448 women have benefited from this program and it coincided with the government desire to see healthy people of Malaysia, through a prosperous life.
We encourage women aged 18 years to get this free vaccination offered at 58 Nur Sejahtera Clinics and clinics in all public institutions of higher education, she said.
She was speaking to reporters after attending the launch of the National HPV Vaccination at SMK Sg. Besar, Selangor.
In presenting the Budget 2013, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced an allocation of RM50 million for HPV immunization services free of charge to allow more women access to immunizations to prevent cervical cancer.
Najib said RM150 immunization facilities for three injections will be implemented by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN).
Meanwhile, Chairman of LPPKN, Tan Sri Napsiah Omar, said parents need to work together to ensure their children receive the HPV vaccination because the effort will not be successful without the cooperation of all parties.
Initiatives and allocation for this program is seen to reduce cervical cancer even though the results can only be seen within 20 years. HPV is the leading causes of cervical cancer that spread through sexual contact and the National Cancer Registry estimates that two to three new cases reported every day since 2007.
Source : Berita Harian