Bicholim: Reach Lives India, an initiative of Anora Charitable Foundation, in association with Manipal Hospital, Goa and under the guidance n support of Indian Medical Association Bicholim branch and women’s doctors wing of ima bicholim conducted a FREE VACCINATION PROGRAM AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER on Sunday, 26th January 2020.
Dr Salkar Shekhar, Head of Oncology at Manipal Hospital, Mini Mohan, Reach Lives India, Banglore, Dr. Medha salkar president of ima bicholim n women’s doctors wing of ima bicholim , Dr Eugene Rent, surgical oncologist manipal hospital and sister Ana graced the occasion .
“Our thanks to brother Vishvnath and his team for helping in administering the vaccines and students of goa college of architecture for conducting a fundraiser marathon WECAN for the cause. Special thanks to two live wires Ms Ashi and Siddhi and their team for all the logistic help,” reads a press note issued here.
Dr Victor Mohan and Dr Senneil Gomes, Co founders of Reachlives, have arranged for free vaccines which otherwise would have cost Rs 5,000/ per child for 2 doses. Dr Senneil has also raised fund for this cause through ART BY SEA event held at miramar beach on 25th.
Girls aged between 9 and 12 years from various orphanages and from poor economical backgrounds were benefitted from this program . Specially abled children were also given the vaccination against CANCER OF THE CERVIX. Cervical Cancer kills one woman every 9 minutes in India. It is preventable. But 94% of Indians are unaware. Moreover, it costs Rs 5000/ to protect one child and not affordable for many.
It was the first of its kind free vaccination in Goa for these girls. The primary dose was given for 80 children to start with. The supplementary vaccine will be given after six months. Thus saving these children from the life threatening Cancer of the Cervix.