The Department of Health – Central Luzon (DOH-3) on Friday launched a vaccination and information campaign against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection among girls aged 9 to 13 for a cervical cancer-free future.
The kickoff activity of the “Pampanga SHIELD Against Cervical Cancer” saw the vaccination of 150 students at Guagua National Colleges.
“This event aims to raise awareness on the importance and benefits of HPV vaccination and encourage parents/guardians to consent for the protection of their children against HPV,” DOH-3 Director Corazon Flores said during the live-streamed event as she assured that the vaccine is safe and effective.
She said the DOH partnered with local governments, other regional line agencies, and community organizations towards the goal of raising awareness and enhancing engagement from the target population.
Just like in other prevention and control measures, Flores said the right timing is crucial to maximize the potential of stopping the increase of cervical cancer cases in the region.
The HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer.
In the Philippines, cervical cancer is the second most frequent type of cancer among women.
An estimated 7,897 new cases and 4,052 deaths due to cervical cancer are expected yearly in the country.
The DOH official said vaccination against HPV among girls 9 to 13 years of age is recommended as it has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer, along with regular screening.
“Let us unite to provide the best protection for our children, our families, and our communities,” she added.
Also gracing the event to show their support were Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Governor Dennis Pineda, and Guagua Mayor Anthony Joseph Torres. (PNA)