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Cervical cancer vaccination for Dubai schools
BY IMAN ABDULLAH AL ALI September 15, 2018
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DUBAI: The Ministry of Health and Community Protection (Mohap) has unveiled a new programme to include cervical cancer vaccination in schools of Dubai and the northern regions upon a mandatory ministerial decision. The step comes within the national programme of vaccinations.

It includes the 8th grade girls, aged 13, as of this academic year and in two stages. It aims to reduce the infection of the disease, making the UAE one of the first countries with low cervical cancer.

Assistant Undersecretary for Health Centres and Clinics Dr Hussain Abdulrahman Al Rand said girls will receive the first dose of vaccination at the start of the current academic year and after a few months, they will receive the second. He stressed that all studies affirmed that the vaccine is fruitful in preventing the disease in the future.

“The early cancer detection programme has raised awareness of the importance of early screening and will contribute to ensuring that it is largely prevented.” Al Rand added.

He pointed out that the ministry is keen to rehabilitate workers in the early detection of breast and cervical cancer within “Itmeenan” package, and that they are provided with accurate information and latest scientific developments of the disease.

It is worth noting that studies indicate that more than 95 per cent of cases of cervical cancer are caused by a virus known as Human papillomavirus (HPV) and that more than 15 types of the virus are responsible for the cervical cancer.

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