Ministry of Health officials will attend high school orientation ceremonies across the island to vaccinate more girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) after slowing down in the last year.
The National HPV Program was introduced last October to protect an estimated 22,338 seven girls against cervical cancer by giving them two doses at least six months apart.
But Director of Family Health Services at the Ministry of Health Melody Ennis to The Sunday Gleaner that only 7,188 girls received the first vaccine dose between October and December 2017 and only 4,868 of the target population received the second dose since they began administering in April
"We are vaccinating Continue to the second dose, "said Ennis," she added, "There are several reasons, including absences, transfers, migration, which reduce the number I should get the second dose of the more than 7,000 cohort. "
Ennis said that in addition to attending orientation, health officials also offer the vaccine in health centers so the girls can receive it as part of their medicine.
" Seventh-grade students, starting in September, have a timetable When the orientation will take place, so our team will be present to raise awareness, provide as much information as possible, and if the parents agree, we will give the vaccine at that time, "Ennis added.
She said that the Ministry continues to organize awareness-raising sessions with parents and students, and visits parent-teacher associations to educate people about the importance of the vaccine.
"We have prepared some testimonials that are coming soon and will launch our media campaign shortly "said Ennis.
" We encourage parents to provide as much information as possible about the vaccine They can be informed in their decisions and in the best interests of the child, "added Ennis.
NEEDS NO NEEDS
The Ministry of Health has spent more than $ 70 million to implement the national HPV program, and despite widespread skepticism, Ennis said parents need not worry.
"We are creating our own statistics here in Jamaica, we have vaccinated more than 7,000 girls and we have not had any negative effects from the vaccine," she said.
"We need to get all hands on deck, which is something that will benefit the entire nation, we need to recognize that killing cervix and also limiting the person's productivity is a very painful disease," said Ennis.
In a joint statement last week, the Pan-American Health Organization and the World Health Organization pointed to convincing scientific evidence that vaccines work, and argued with the HPV vaccine cervical cancer may be a thing of the past.
In an article by Cuauhtemoc Ruiz-Matus, head of immunization at PAHO, and Lucia Helena de Oliveira, PAHO regional consultant on new vaccines, it was argued that the vaccine of an estimated 33 million girls in America by the end of 201
32 countries in the region are now vaccinating against HPV directly responsible for seven out of ten cases of cervical cancer: an estimated 83,000 women are diagnosed with the disease and 35,000 die each year.
"In developing countries, many women find it too late tha • They have HPV, usually in the treatment of genital warts, precancerous lesions, or more serial problems that reduce their chance of survival.
" Therefore, a program for the prevention of cervical cancer, including universal HPV vaccine for girls, as well as screening services and treatment for those who need it, has the potential to end cervical cancer, "the authors said.
They argued that" girls between the ages of nine and 14 years with Two doses of HPV vaccine administered between six should be vaccinated and 15 months apart. HPV vaccines for this age group are more effective and girls have a better immune response.
"Inoculating girls today is the only way to ensure that tomorrow they have a happy and successful life, with a less serious cancer."
More than 270 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been used worldwide since the vaccine was approved.