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HPV Vaccine becomes part of routine Immunization in Sikkim

Gangtok, Nov 8 (UNI) Girls from the age group of 9 to 13 years are being administered Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine in Sikkim to prevent Cervical Cancer.
It was carried out in campaign mode since 2018 but now it has become part of routine Immunization.
‘The programme has been going on smoothly. This year, first dose was given to 3,638 and second dose is still being given to the same girls,' said Dr Phumzay Denzongpa.
Speaking about the most important challenge faced while the programme was carried out, Dr Denzongpa said, ‘Those who get the first dose, are to be given second dose and if it is within academic session, almost all the concerned children can be given second dose. But otherwise if it is given next year we are likely to miss some, who do not come back or pass out and migrate to other places.
The necessary but costly vaccine has been supplied to Sikkim at subsidized rate by United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund under Gavi scheme, hence costing only Rs 400 per dose. ‘Otherwise the current price of HPV vaccine is Rs 3,000 for a dose only, said Dr Phumzay, State Immunization Officer.
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