United Arab Emirates
                                    19 September 2018 – 09:29 PM
                                Awareness campaign for cervical cancer vaccine
                            The Ministry of Health and Community Protection said that the HPV vaccine, known as cervical cancer vaccine, is optional and not compulsory for girls and women of the target group of citizens and residents in the country, explaining that the vaccine will be subject to the consent of the students' parents.
The introduction of this vaccine is part of the Ministry's strategy to provide comprehensive and integrated health care in innovative and sustainable ways to ensure community prevention and to develop the National Immunization Program within the Basic Immunization Program, based on the recommendation of the Immunization Advisory Council and the World Health Organization Female students from the disease.
The ministry said it has launched an awareness campaign on the cervical cancer vaccine, which will be provided to the students after the approval of parents optional and non-binding and will be available during the current year free of charge for citizens and fees for non-citizens.
The Ministry considered that the introduction of the Papillomavirus vaccine, known as cervical cancer vaccine in the National Immunization Program, is one of the achievements of the health sector in the country. It is the same as the rest of vaccines aimed at promoting the prevention of infectious diseases as it contributes to the prevention of papillomavirus infections, For cervical cancer.
In this context, the Ministry organized a seminar on cervical cancer vaccine in Dubai today, attended by Dr. Hussein Al-Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Centers and Clinics, Dr. Nada Al-Marzouqi, Director of Preventive Medicine and Dr. Badriya Al-Haremi, Director of Public Health Protection Department, Dubai Health Authority .
Dr. Nada al-Marzouqi confirmed that recent research has shown that the cervical cancer vaccine is nearly 100 percent effective in preventing cervical cancer or preventing the appearance of genital warts and the four main types of infection caused by the disease, strains 16 and 18, which cause about 70 percent of Cases of cervical cancer and strains 6 and 11 that cause 90% of warts.
She pointed out that it is important to emphasize that the vaccine is given as a preventive measure for all young people and it is not a cure for women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, so it is recommended to give the vaccine early.
Dr. Nada al-Marzouqi said that the target age group, ranging from 9 to 14 years, was given the first dose at any appropriate time, while the second dose was given in the same way after 6 to 12 months of the first dose, noting that the age group 14 to 26 years was given the first dose At any appropriate time while the second dose is given in the same way after two months of the first dose and the third dose in the same manner after 6 months of the first dose.
She pointed out that the most important side effects that occur when taking the vaccine is a temporary fever and swelling and pain in the arm where the vaccine.
Dr. Hussein Al-Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Centers and Clinics, stressed the government's keenness and leadership to provide high quality preventive services consistent with international best practices, update vaccination policy and raise vaccine coverage rates against infectious diseases.
He said that the UAE is the first in the region to include this vaccine in its national immunization program, and that the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi has adopted in previous years a number of government health centers to provide this vaccine to combat cervical cancer.
                             Source: WAM

                            Al-Ittihad newspaper – "Ministry of Health": cervical cancer vaccine subject to the consent of parents
                            https://www.alittihad.ae/article/64510/2018/ "Ministry of Health" – Vaccine-Cancer-cervical-uterine-subject to the consent of the parents



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