Blink News Network
Bhubaneswar, Feb 9: The Odisha government is said to be considering to make available the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations available at government hospitals in the state. With the vaccinations the government is aiming to reduce the incidences of cervical cancers in the state.
According to top oncologists working with the state government cancer health institutions, the government is said to be ‘seriously thinking’ about the plan of inclusion of the vaccine at government hospitals. The vaccinations which are required to be taken more than once in phased manner are still not under the government list of vaccinations to be administered from government hospitals.
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is said to be one of the prime reasons for triggering cervical cancer among the sexually active women. Oncologists claim that in 90 per cent of the cervical cancers are triggered by HPV and the timely vaccinations could be a good option to prevent the incidences of such types of cancers.
“I strongly believe this vaccination should be made available in government hospitals. More than 90 per cent of the cases of cervical cancers are triggered by HPV. The vaccinations which are currently confined to private sector could prove a good preventive measure,” Dr Lalatendu Sarangi, Director of Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack told exclusively to theblink.in
He also said, “The state government is seriously thinking about this (making this available in government hospitals in Odisha).” He also said that many regions like the tribal and rural areas of Koraput and Nabarangpur districts have reported very high cases of cervical cancers. The oncologist also believes that in many urban areas and other districts of Odisha cases of cervical cancers have gone down with the penetration of HPV vaccinations in the health centres and its increased youths.
According to doctors, women in their teenage age before starting their sexual life should get the HPV vaccinations to ward off the threat of being infected with the virus which could later lead to rise of threat of cervical cancer.