Creating awareness about cervical cancer high on IMA chief’s agenda

For Dr Bharati Dhorepatil,newly elected president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA),city unit,creating awareness about cervical cancer and motivating young women to take the HPV vaccination are among the key priority areas during her tenure.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: April 6, 2012 4:20:00 am

For Dr Bharati Dhorepatil,newly elected president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA),city unit,creating awareness about cervical cancer and motivating young women to take the HPV vaccination are among the key priority areas during her tenure. “We will also adopt five villages and take up rural health issues,” she said.

At least 5,000 women will be screened for cervical cancer from the five villages that the IMA plans to adopt,including Singapur Mohri and Katavdi in Velhe taluka,Adarwadi in Mulshi taluka and Dongarwadi. Initially,the rural health committee of the IMA will focus on these villages with a population of 600-700. Cervical cancer can now be prevented by vaccinating girls between the age group of 9 and 25. Three doses of the vaccine should be given to the women before marriage at an interval of 0,2 months and 6 months. Cervical cancer is caused by long term infection with one or more of the high risk types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

At IMA,efforts are now being doubled to meet school principals and teachers before the new academic term. “We hope to meet the teachers and principals and emphasise the need for vaccinating young girls against cervical cancer,” she said. IMA,Pune,is the second largest branch in Maharashtra with 3,500 members across the city and nearby areas,“The theme for the year 2012-13 is “Enrich to Serve Better”,said Dhorepatil,who has planned several workshops to update doctors with knowledge and other skills. The focus,however,is cervical cancer programme,said Dhorepatil.

Dhorepatil,the third woman president in the 85-year-old history of the IMA,said the IMA in association with the Department of Information Technology,Ministry of Communication & Information Technology,Government of India,will also organise an awareness seminar on “Information Technology Act 2008 Compliance & Data Security Framework for Health Sector”,in the second week of May.

Apart from a slew of programmes and renewed focus on Save the girl child campaign,IMA also plans to create awareness among doctors and paramedical staff apart from the people about guidelines on swine flu prevention and treatment. The new office bearers of IMA include Dr Mohan Joshi,Dr Prakash Marathe,Dr Maya Tulpule,vice-president Dr Arun Halbe,Dr Ganesh Datar among others.

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