HPV vaccination campaign launched across Sikkim

Gangtok, 30 Jul:

The Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] vaccination campaign was launchedat Deorali Girls’ Senior Secondary School in Gangtok today.

Sikkim has become the first State in the country to launch a state-wide HPV vaccination campaign to protect girl children from 09-14 years from cervical cancer

The programme was launched in the presence of Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, as chief guest and Additional Chief Secretary, GPUpadhyaya, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Health Department,Vishal Chauhan, Principal Director, Dr PT Bhutia, Director, Dr UttamPradhan, and officers from Human Resource Development Department and Health Department.

Also attending the event were Principal and teachers of Deorali GSSS along with developmental partners, WHO, UNICEF and Jhpiego.

It may be mentioned here, the HPV vaccination programme will be carried out in the entire State from 30 Jul to 14 Aug. 30,000 girl children are to be vaccinated under the programme.


Namchi, 30 Jul (IPR): Along with the rest of the State, the South district headquarter, Namchi, kick started the Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] vaccination campaign at Namchi Government Girls Senior Secondary School today. The campaign organized by South District Health Society was inaugurated by Executive Councillor, Namchi Municipal Council, BandhanaRai.

Also present were Additional District Collector [South], SatyanRai, District Medical Superintendent [South], Dr DC Pradhan, Assistant Superintendent of Police [South], Linda Palmu, Principal [NGGSSS], PemaYolmo, representatives from medical fraternity and a large number of students from various schools.

It is informed that a total of 6500 vaccines have been received by the South district from the State Health Department wherein 6048 beneficiaries will be vaccinated against HPV.

Today, 1817 girls were vaccinated at 86 centres across the district.


Gangtok, 30 Jul:The Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] Vaccination Campaign was launched at Government Senior Secondary School, Temi in South Sikkim. In a programme organised by Health Care, Human Services& Family Welfare Department, the HPV campaign formally inaugurated by ex-Panchayat secretary,TejKumar Poduyal, in the presence of Medical Officer in-charge, Temi PHC, DrNamgyalBhutia,and staff of Temi PHC. More than 90 girl childrenbetween the age of 09-14 years were vaccinated to protect them against cervical cancer, a press release informs.


Gyalshing, 30 Jul [IPR]:

District Collector, West, Dr AB Karki, launched the Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] Vaccination Campaign today here at the auditorium hall of Girls Senior Secondary School, Kyongsa in West Sikkim.

DrKarki stated that the programme has been started with the aim to make West Sikkim cervical cancer free district. He added that the State Government and the Health Department are committed towards the prevention of cervical cancer in girl children. He also mentioned that the State Government has started this noble cause at the State’s cost to protect girl child from cervical cancer.

Further, Marathon Man of Sikkim, Amar Subba, expressed his gratitude towards the organising committee and congratulated them for the noble initiative. He urged the gathering to lead a healthy and positive life every day.

The programme was also attended by Additional Director [Human Resource Development Department], Child Development Project Officer [Integrated Child Development Services], along with other officials, school faculty, ASHA workers and guardians of the students.

During today’s launch programme, 903 girl children were vaccinated.


Singtam, 30 Jul:

Singtam District Hospital today officially launched the Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] Vaccination Campaign at Government Senior Secondary School in Singtam, East Sikkim in the presence of District Health Education Officer, Sonam Bhutia, Station House Officer, Singtam PS, RoshanRai, along with other officials, teachers and guardians of students. The vaccination was administered to girl students of Singtam SSS aged between 09-14 years.