‘Papum Pare, East Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh have highest cases of cervical cancer’
Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare and East Siang districts have the highest age-adjusted rate (AAR) of cervical cancer in the state
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare and East Siang districts have the highest age-adjusted rate (AAR) of cervical cancer in the state; the assembly was informed on Wednesday. Responding to a question by BJP member Tsering Lhamu during question hour, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang informed that according to a report of the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research-IMCR Bengaluru, Papum Pare has the highest AAR of 22.7 per lakh population, while Pasighat in East Siang district has an AAR of 20.3.
Cervical cancer develops in a woman’s cervix, is caused by the human papillomavirus, and is a vaccine-preventable ailment, the minister said. Libang said two doses of vaccines given to a girl child in the age range of 9 to 14 years would provide protection against cervical cancer. “Vaccination proposals were put up by the department in 2020–21 and again in 2021–22, but they were not considered by the Foundation for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (FPID) due to austerity measures in 2020–21 and fund constraints in 2021–22,” the minister disclosed. He added that vaccination against cervical cancer would be carried out in the state as and when funds are provided by the FPID.