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‘Parents should not fear vaccinations for their children’


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Mariecar Jara-Puyod, Senior Reporter

Parents should never fear vaccinations which have been proven to keep diseases at bay.

Dr Mandar Bichu, interviewed on Monday, also said parents must be encouraged to re-think their opinion on vaccines.

He added children well-grounded on sound health, proper food and nutrition and the disciplines of life that include protocols to immunization or vaccinations will have these good inclinations throughout life. Bichu was among the panelists at the launch of the sixth year of the cervical cancer awareness campaign/immunization drive of Zulekha Hospital in Dubai.  

Among the campaign partners is Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) whose corporate excellence director, Amel Al Maazmi, read the “Sharjah Declaration on Cervical Cancer 3X3.”

The Declaration was penned by the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) delegates to the Jan. 31, 2019 “Turning the Tide on HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Cervical Cancer.”

From the January forum, Ministry of Health and Prevention-Health Centres/Clinics/Public Health assistant undersecretary Dr. Hussain Abdulrahman Al Rand told Gulf Today the anti-HPV programme was “already in place (with) the girls from age nine in the first phase. The boys will come in later.”

In part, the Declaration congruent with the World Health Organization call for action, reads: “We strongly pledge our commitment to the health and wellbeing of girls and women globally and the need to tackle the interconnected burdens of HPV and cervical cancer in the (Mena) region. We agree with the goal of the United Nations Joint Global Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control to build on the world’s collective endeavours so that in a generation, death from cervical cancer ceases to be a public health issue. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively. Scaling up access to crucial preventive, testing and treatment tools is critical to a comprehensive approach to cervical cancer control. We must expand our efforts to achieve a region and world where no more women die because of cervical cancer by increasing coordinated action and political will.”  

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