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Ministry of Health vaccinating against cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the common forms of cancer found in women. Dr. Melissa Diaz, Primary Health Coordinator at Central Health Region said that the best way to prevent this type of cancer is by getting vaccinated. Diaz said that the Human Papilloma virus vaccine is now available.

Dr. Melissa Diaz – Primary Health Coordinator

“With regards to Cervical Cancer the Human Papilloma virus the vaccine that we have that has been launched a year ago in Belize. Initially, we’ve been targeting 10 to 15-year-old girls; this year we have extended that. The 10 to 14-year-old girls or boys and we are looking at the primary schools going into the schools and asking parents sign the consent for your children to have this vaccine. There are two vaccines given 6 months apart and it helps to prevent HPV, The Human Papilloma Virus and again that’s a virus that has been studied and is linked to  certain strains of that virus has been linked to Cervical Cancer so if you are vaccinated against it your risk of Cervical Cancer is reduced.”

The Ministry of Health has been visiting the primary schools to get students vaccinated. Previously, the Ministry had encountered some hiccups in executing their campaign since the parents were not duly informed. Dr. Javier Zuniga informed Love news that problem has been ironed out and when schools re-open the Ministry will continue with their campaign.  Children will receive two vaccinations six months apart.