Malawi government rolls out nationwide cervical cancer vaccination

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By Florence Mwale 

 

The government is this week expected to roll out countrywide administration of the cervical cancer vaccine.

It is anticipated that the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine will be given out to girls aged nine.

 

According to a statement signed by Secretary for Health Dan Namarika, the vaccine will be administered to eligible from the 20th to the 24th of January. 

The Ministry of health introduced the HPV vaccine in January 2019 as a way of protecting girls from cervical cancer.

This vaccine is administered in two doses with the second one given 12 months after the first dose.

Namarika adds that all the girls that received their first doses in January last year, are required to receive their second dose this week. 

Administration of the vaccine will be done in all government and private primary schools, all public and CHAM health facilities. 

Some private health facilities and all under five clinics are also expected to provide the vaccine.

Namarika is urging all parents, guardians and teachers to ensure that all young girls receive the vaccine.

The ministry of health estimates that three thousand women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually and about 1600 of them die of them die.

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