Islamabad, 31 January 2023 (TDI): Maroof International Hospital in Islamabad recently concluded its cervical cancer awareness campaign in Islamabad.

The campaign was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization.

The initiative, which coincided with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month around the world, aimed to educate young women in Pakistan about the disease as well as the steps they can take to protect themselves, including the available vaccine.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign by Maroof Int'l Hospital
Dr. Shazia Aslam Soomro, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Health

Medical professionals and government officials, including Dr. Nabia Tariq and Dr. Gulafshana Hafeez, led the campaign, which included awareness lectures and TV segments to reach a wider audience.

Dr. Shazia Aslam Soomro, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Health, applauded Maroof International Hospital’s efforts and emphasized the importance of public-private sector collaborations in the healthcare sector.

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Haroon Naseer, the hospital’s CEO, on his part, highlighted the importance of involving all stakeholders in providing health care to marginalized communities, including private hospitals and international organizations.

While Dr. Nabia Tariq underscored that cervical cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if caught early. She urged women to learn about the disease and its causes, as well as to get screened and vaccinated.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Guests during the event

In addition, Dr. Sabina Imran Durrani, the Director General of Health, praised Maroof International Hospital for its efforts as well. In addition, she also underlined that more needs to be done to combat the disease.

Furthermore, Dr. Samia Rizwan, the Health Specialist from UNICEF, stressed the importance of community services along with public-private partnerships in improving outcomes.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It is an opportunity for WHO to raise awareness about cervical cancer and HPV vaccination.

This year, WHO is focusing on ending cervical cancer within a few generations as the theme for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.