HEALTH officials in the region yesterday called on women, including girls with ages ranging from nine to 13 years, to avail of free vaccines against the cervical cancer-causing virus.
Speaking during a news conference called in time for the Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month, Department of Health director for northern Mindanao Nimfa Torrizo said the Department has free vaccination services aimed at providing immunity from the human papillomavirus (HPV) that results in cervical cancer.
Dr. Clarito Cairo of the DOH’s Cancer Prevention and Control, said the government spent a lot for the vaccines in line with its “zero cervical cancer” campaign.
Cervical cancer, at the early stages, is curable which is why early detection is important, according to Dr. Cecilia Llave of the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network (Cecap).
“Ma-o nang kinahanglan gyud sa mga baba-e, magpa-popsmear o magpabakuna o magpa-check-up alang sa healthy lifestyle” Llave said.
Dr. Ruth Beltran of the Maria Reyna Xavier-University Hospital said the vaccines would provide a lifetime of immunity from HPV. (nitz arancon)