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Belém City Hall launches HPV vaccination in municipal schools

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In order to increase the vaccination coverage in the city, the City of Belém launched this Monday 7, the vaccination campaign against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in the schools of the municipal education network. The Municipal Departments of Health (Sesma) and Education (Semec) are responsible for the process in the teaching units.

Until March 16, eight municipal schools serve as HPV vaccination posts. The Padre Leandro Pinheiro Municipal School, located in the Guamá neighborhood, was the first to receive a team of Sesma professionals to vaccinate the students of the teaching unit and assist other children and adolescents in the Guamá neighborhood .

Target audience – The HPV vaccination campaign in schools targets boys aged 9 to 14 and girls aged 11 to 14. Student Isabela Caroline Costa da Silva, 9, was one of the children who was vaccinated on Monday morning 7, at Escola Padre Leandro Pinheiro, in Guamá. She is a student at school and lives in the neighborhood.

“Getting vaccinated is good for your health and thank God I took my shot today,” Isabela said, after receiving the first dose of the HPV vaccine. The student was accompanied by her mother, Caroline da Silva, who stressed the importance for parents to take their children to be vaccinated.

“Parents, come with your children to prevent yourself from this virus and have your children vaccinated against other diseases as well. It’s important,” said Caroline. She highlighted the school’s role in mobilizing residents to join the campaign. “I learned that today I was going to get vaccinated thanks to the teachers, who contacted me and told me to bring my daughter, who is studying here, to be vaccinated”.

The Municipal Secretary of Education, Márcia Bittencourt, accompanied this first day of vaccination in municipal schools and also highlighted the commitment of the Municipality of Belém, through Sesma and Semec, to fight against HPV and, therefore , cervical cancer, disease caused by the virus.

“In March, Women’s Month, Semec and Sesma decided to work together to vaccinate against HPV and fight against cervical cancer. This demonstrates the care given to our women, our girls and our adolescent girls. For an educated and well-groomed Belém, we must vaccinate,” underlined secretary Márcia Bittencourt.

Women’s Month and HPV Vaccination
The HPV vaccination campaign in municipal educational units is also part of the actions of International Women’s Day, March 8, designed by the City Council of Belém.

HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer, a disease that affects women. Therefore, vaccination of girls aged 11-14 years is the most effective measure to prevent this type of cancer in women.

“By the end of the campaign, we intend to apply 100 to 200 doses of the HPV vaccine in each school. The idea is to draw people’s attention to the importance of this vaccination, which can lead to cancer of the cervix in girls or cancer of the penis in boys, hence the need for vaccinate both sexes”, explained the director of Health Surveillance da Sesma, Cláudio Salgado.

Municipal schools vaccinated against HPV
03/08 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Gabriel Lage da Silva School;
09/03 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Parque Bolonha School;
03/10 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – EMEIF Prof. Pedro Demo;
03/11 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Manuela Freitas School;
14/03 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – EMEF Bologna Park;
15/03 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – EMEIF District Inês Maroja;
03/16 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Raimundo Cardoso Master School High School.

Sesma specifies that the HPV vaccine is also available all year round in the Basic Health Units (UBS), Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In September 2022, the municipal HPV prevention week should take place.

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