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FM Sitharaman announces free vaccine for cervical cancer for girls between 9-14 years

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presenting Funds 2024 in Lok Sabha. Supply: Screengrab/Sansad TV

In her Funds 2024 speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday introduced free vaccine for cervical most cancers for ladies between 9-14 years.

“Our Government will encourage vaccination for girls in age group of 9 to 14 years for prevention of cervical cancer,” Sitharaman mentioned in her Interim Funds 2024 speech on 1 February.

Cervical most cancers is a significant reason behind most cancers mortality in ladies and greater than 1 / 4 of its international burden is contributed by growing international locations.

In line with Nationwide Library of Medication, in India, cervical most cancers contributes to roughly 6–29 per cent of all cancers in ladies.

A report by IANS lately cited Dr. Neha Kumar, Senior Advisor, Gynaecological Oncology, Amrita Hospital, Faridabad saying cervical most cancers is the second most typical most cancers in Indian ladies accounting for about 18 per cent of all cancers occurring on this demographic group.

Yearly, over 1,20,000 new circumstances of cervical most cancers illness are identified out of whom greater than 77,000 circumstances succumb to demise owing to prognosis throughout superior phases of the most cancers. This brings the mortality fee to roughly 63 per cent, the physician was quoted as saying.

In her Union Funds 2024 speech, Sitharaman mentioned numerous schemes for maternal and youngster care might be introduced underneath one complete programme for synergy in implementation.

“Upgradation of anganwadi centres under ‘Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0’ will be expedited for improved nutrition delivery, early childhood care and development,” the FM mentioned.

Sitharaman additional mentioned the newly designed U-WIN platform for managing immunisation and intensified efforts of Mission Indradhanush might be rolled out expeditiously all through the nation.

With inputs from companies

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