Second phase of HPV vaccine to be rolled out in June

Government intends to start routine administering of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination against cervical cancer among women.

Principal Secretary for the ministry of Health and Population, Dr Dan Namalika disclosed this ahead of the second phase of the vaccine which will be rolled out by the end of June this year.

It is now about six months since the vaccination was administered to girls aged between 9 – 14 years though the first phase.

Dr Namarika disclosed that during the first phase the ministry came across challenges such as beliefs that one will become infertile after receiving the treatment among others.

He however said this is not true describing such beliefs as just “myths”.

Dr Namarika said the ministry still managed to administer the vaccine to 80% of the targeted girls in public and private schools, health clinics and hospitals across the country.

The Human Pappilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination campaign is being implemented with support from GAVI with a budget of US$22 million.

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