By Dhel Nazario
As an early Christmas gift, up to 6,000 female students in Taguig City are set to receive vaccines which will help them fight cervical cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in Filipino women ages 15-44. The vaccine is set to immunize the students from the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to cause the cancer.
The beneficiaries will be schoolgirls aged 9-14 from 23 schools in the city, in what the national government said was the first such vaccination drive in the National Capital Region.
An initial vaccination of 15 Grade 4 students — made possible in partnership with the Department of Health — was recently held at Lakeshore Hall, C6, LowerBicutan.
Schoolgirls from Upper Bicutan Elementary School, Upper Bicutan Elementary School, Silangan Elementary School and BagongTanyag Elementary School participated in the event.
“We value the health and life of every Taguigeño. If there are opportunities where we can make healthcare preventive and where we can proactively save people and families from the pains and losses to disease, we will seek them out,” Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano said.
Other school-based immunization programs are implemented through the provision of Measles Rubelle (MR) and Tetanus Diphtheria (Td) vaccines to all Grade 1 and 7 learners.