Immunization across Turkey against cervical cancer caused by HPV virus (Human papilloma virus) was brought to the agenda of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. In the proposal of the law, it was recommended that the HPV vaccine be administered to children and adults aged 9-12 free of charge and that 2022 would be declared as the “Year of Combating HPV and Awareness”.
According to the news of Bahar Atakan from Milliyet, HDP Van Deputy Muazzez Orhan Işık, in the bill submitted to the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, said, “The cost of these vaccines, each dose of which is paid, exceeds 2 thousand TL. Due to this cost, the vaccine is not made by many people. HPV vaccine can be administered to both girls and boys starting from the age of 9-12, and for women without age limit. Currently, people who want to have this vaccine in Turkey have to pay approximately 600 lira for a single dose. With the HPV vaccine included in the national vaccination program, cancer can be prevented at a lower cost and thousands of women’s lives will be saved.
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ACCESS TO VACCINE
Şanlıurfa Deputy AyşeDriver stated in the justification of her proposal, “When we look at the women’s employment and women’s poverty rates, women do not have a budget to allocate for HPV vaccine in order to protect themselves from many cancers, especially cervical cancer. The inclusion of the HPV vaccine in the national vaccination program is obligatory in terms of establishing public health.”
Muş Deputy Gülüştan Kılıç Koçyiğit, on the other hand, in the justification of her proposal, said, “It is important to include the vaccine within the scope of insurance without wasting time and to implement a formula that is accessible to everyone free of charge. Even the justification that the HPV vaccine prevents cancer diseases should be a sufficient reason to provide the vaccine developed against the virus free of charge. For this reason, the vaccine should be included in the national vaccination program and everyone should have access to this vaccine free of charge.
311,000 WOMEN DEATH EVERY YEAR
According to the World Health Organization data, every year 570,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, which can be prevented by vaccination; 311,000 women die because of this.
Source: Haber Global