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Mammogram, HPV vaccination subsidy programme to continue

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The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will maintain the subsidy programme for mammogram and human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine even though there is no special allocation for it in Budget 2018.

Deputy Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun told the Dewan Rakyat today that the programme to detect breast cancer and cervical cancer benefited particularly women in the B40 group who made up 80 % of the recipients.

"We will use available funds and apply again to the Ministry of Finance; we are confident it will be continued as the Barisan Nasional government is concerned for women and the Ministry of Health also has the programme," she said.

She was responding to a supplementary question from Sim Chee Keong (DAP-Bukit Mertajam) who wanted to know whether the government would continue to subsidise the mammogram and HPV vaccine programme considering that there was no allocation for it.

Azizah said from 2013 till this year, the ministry spent RM41.167 million on mammogram subsidy, which benefited 225,828 women nationwide.


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