MoH Launches Countrywide HPV Vaccination

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The Ministry of Health has launched a countrywide Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination campaign across all 47 counties to address the rising cases of cervical cancer in the country.

Dr. Melly assured the public that the government will cover the expenses associated with the HPV vaccine, emphasizing accessibility for all eligible individuals. This underscore the Kenya Kwanza government’s commitment to public health.

 The vaccination campaign also seeks to counter myths surrounding the vaccine, assuring the masses of the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.

 Alarming statistics show that 28,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually out of 44,000 cancer cases in total. The CEO emphasized the importance of vaccination and early detection through screening, positioning it as a critical step in curbing the impact of cervical cancer.

According to World Health Organization guidelines, the HPV vaccine will be administered to girls at the age of 15. Women between the ages of 35 and 45 will undergo screening, with those found infected receiving appropriate treatment.

Dr. Melly, echoing MOH, stressed the significance of early detection through screening and encourages women to take the vaccination seriously as a preventive measure.

The Ministry of Health plans to train Community Health Promoters (CHP) on cancer-related issues to empower them to educate communities at the grassroots level.

Recognizing that education is crucial in combating cervical cancer, this initiative aims to raise awareness, dispel myths, and encourage women to prioritize screening and vaccination for their well-being.

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