Indian-American physicians hold cervical cancer vaccine camp in Hyderabad

Poster announcing the Cervical Cancer Camp held in Hyderabad by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, AAPI, Jan. 9, 2022. Photo: AAPI

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, AAPI-USA, as part of initiative on disease prevention, held a Cervical Cancer Vaccine Camp January 9, 2022, at Tanvir Hospital in Hyderabad.

The event is part of the 15th annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) 2022 being held at the Hotel Avasa in Hyderabad, a Jan. 13, 2022, press release from AAPI said.

“I am grateful to Dr. Meeta Singh and Dr. Naunihal Singh, who led the Vaccination camp in Hyderabad,” Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, president of AAPI, is quoted saying in the press release. “Together we can all bring the awareness in the community to prevent Cervical Cancer in India which is 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in women!” she added.

Cervical cancer usually develops slowly over time, and among the preventive measures is the Pap test screening, a procedure during which cells are collected from the surface of the cervix and examined. The Pap test can both detect cancer at an early stage, when treatment outcomes tend to be better, and detect precancerous abnormalities, which can then be treated to prevent them from developing into cancers.

“January is #CervicalCancer Awareness Month! In coordination with the local organizers of the GHS, AAPI donated the funds for the HPV Vaccination, a total of 200 doses of the vaccine for 100 children from the state of Telangana on January 9th,” said Dr. Meher Medavaram, an organizer of the program.

one of dozens of students vaccinated against cervical cancer at the AAPI-hosted camp in Hyderabad, Jan. 9, 2022, as aprt of the Global Health Summit 2022. Photo: AAPI

“GHS 2022, which has initiated several new programs benefitting India, has become an effective forum to educate and create awareness about this deadly diseases that are preventable,” Dr. Udhaya Shivangi, chair of AAPI GHS 2022 said. “If vaccination programs are effectively implemented, approximately 90 percent of invasive cervical cancer cases worldwide could be prevented, in addition to the majority of precancerous lesions.”

The Global Healthcare Summit 2002 was inaugurated on Jan. 5 by India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

“With numerous initiatives, AAPI has come a long way since its inception and has proved to be beneficial not only to Indian-origin American Physicians, but to Indian healthcare as well,” Naidu observed in his address at the Summit. He complimented AAPI for raising $5 million during the second wave of the pandemic, and for its ‘Adopt a Village’ program among its other initiatives.

Organizers of the AAPI-supported Cervical Camp held in Hyderabad Jan. 9, 2022. Photo: AAPI

Founded in 1982, AAPI is one of the largest groups that represent the interests of more than 80,000 practicing Indian-origin physicians in the United States and 40,000 medical students, residents and fellows of Indian origin.

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