HPV fight a gear up

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sun­day Mail Re­porter

GOV­ERN­MENT will ad­min­is­ter hu­man pa­pil­loma virus (HPV) and measles rubella (MR) vac­cines to chil­dren in May and June 2019 re­spec­tively, a Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial has said.

The vac­ci­na­tions were first in­tro­duced for girls between 10 and 14 years of age for HPV, and chil­dren between nine months and 15 years for MR.

Health and Child Care Min­istry Ex­panded Pro­gramme on Im­mu­ni­sa­tion (rou­tine vac­ci­na­tions) man­ager Mrs Joana Marembo said, “We have planned to ad­min­is­ter the HPV vac­cine in May 2019, tar­get­ing girls between 10 and 14 years na­tion­wide.

“We vac­ci­nated at least 780 000 girls this year, with the ad­di­tion of the new girls who will be 10 years old next year we are look­ing to­wards vac­ci­nat­ing a mil­lion girls in to­tal.”

Mrs Marembo said Gov­ern­ment would ad­min­is­ter HPV vac­cines an­nu­ally to girls be­fore they be­came sex­u­ally ac­tive. Girls liv­ing with HIV would get three vac­ci­na­tions against HPV.

She added that the Health Min­istry wanted to vac­ci­nate at least 1,8 mil­lion chil­dren dur­ing the week-long cam­paign against MR.

Mrs Marembo said First Lady Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa was play­ing an in­te­gral part in the Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Screen­ing Pro­gramme (VIAC).

First Lady Mrs Mnan­gagwa

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