Namchi, 30 July (IPR): Along with the rest of the State, the South district headquarter, Namchi, kick started amidst much gusto with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination campaign at Namchi Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS) today. The campaign organized by South District Health Society was inaugurated by Executive Councillor, Namchi Municipal Council, Ms. Bandhana Rai.
Present amongst others were ADC (South), Mr. Satyan Rai, DMS (South), Dr. D.C. Pradhan, ASP (South), Ms. Linda Palmu, Principal (NGGSSS), Ms. Pema Yolmo, representatives from medical fraternity and a large number of students from various schools.
It was informed that a total of 6500 vaccines have been received by the South district from the State Health Department wherein 6048 numbers of beneficiaries will be vaccinated with HPV.
It may be mentioned here that Sikkim becomes the first State in the country to launch the HPV vaccination campaign to combat cervical cancer among women in the State. The vaccination will be administered to girls aged between 09-14 years which is free of cost to protect them against cervical cancer, the second most common cancer in women worldwide.