Vac­ci­na­tion Drive

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

Nepalese govern­ment has launched a vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign in its Chit­wan and Kaski dis­tricts to pre­vent Hu­man Pa­pil­lo­mavirus in­fec­tions (HPVs) among women. HPV, a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted virus, causes uter­ine can­cer and has been found among 70 per cent of the to­tal fe­male can­cer pa­tients in Nepal. Be­ing the first ini­tia­tive of its kind, around 30,000 vials of the vac­cine will be ad­min­is­tered to 14,500 girls twice a year. The vac­cine is said to be ef­fec­tive if ad­min­is­tered to girls be­fore reach­ing pu­berty. The govern­ment is go­ing to ex­pand the drive to 75 dis­tricts.

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