…as vaccine now available for boysProvision has now been made for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination to be given to boys in the school population as part of efforts to end the scourge of the disease and prevent its spread.The Public Health Ministry has informed the public that the vaccination is now extended to both males and females who are 16 years of age.The Education Ministry has collaborated on this project to make the vaccine accessible at schools from a health-care worker. Other places providing the vaccine include the health centres, private medical facilities, and the Ministry’s Vaccination Centre.The campaign, which commenced on February 11, will come to an end on March 13. As such, children within the stipulated age group are encouraged to get vaccinated early and protect themselves.The decision to include boys in the programme was long in the making. During an interview with Maternal and Child Health Officer, Dr Oneka Scott back in September, she noted that the decision was taken after health-care assistants and other stakeholders observed the immense necessity of the vaccination programme.She emphasised on the demands that were placed by parents to have boys included in the action plan, since many schools abroad were currently on board with this initiative. This will ensure that both genders are protected at an early juncture.“There is a great demand. There are a lot of people writing the Ministry and asking to give it to their boys because more and more parents are travelling [and] they are sensitised to the way the vaccine is being given in foreign territories, so we have a great demand for two things. One is to extend the age group of the girls and the second demand is to give it to boys,” she explained.It was noted that boys are transmitting the virus too which can lead to various forms of cancer.“It could be a sign for us, but surely, there are great benefits for us in protecting and vaccinating boys, ‘cause boys can get genital cancer too from HPV. They can get penile cancer, anal cancer, and throat cancer,” she said.The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently claimed that there were increased cases of throat cancer in the United States of America in the height of increased HPV incidence.Throughout last year, an HPV campaign was rolled out in schools but was limited to girls of a lower age range.
Patna: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who has been in a sulk ever since his party drew a blank in the Lok Sabha elections, has urged voters to be cautious of “issues like Hindus versus Muslims and fake nationalism” and choose a government without being affected by propaganda. The leader of Opposition, whose absence from the recently concluded assembly session in Bihar drew repeated criticisms from the treasury benches, shared his thoughts in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday. “People must choose a government keeping in mind the issues that affect their daily lives, without being affected by propaganda,” Yadav said in the post titled ‘Dil ki baat’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Assembly polls in Bihar are scheduled for next year. “If people give in to issues like Hindus versus Muslims and fake nationalism fall for enticements like a mere Rs 6,000 per annum, which amounts to just Rs 17 per day, why would any regime feel the need for solving their problems,” the 30-year-old stated. He was referring to the BJP-led central government’s ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’, under which the an income support of Rs 6,000 will be provided every year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding or ownership of up to two hectares. The RJD heir apparent also complained about the Nitish Kumar government for its “continuous harping on the situation that prevailed 25-30 years ago”, when the state was ruled by his father Lalu and, successively, by mother Rabri Devi. read more