Kenya to launch cervical cancer vaccine on Friday

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The ministry of health will launch the HPV vaccine on Friday with an aim to reduce the number of deaths caused by cervical cancer.

The vaccine that targets approximately 800,000, 10 year old girls will be administered in two doses six months apart free of charge across the country.

The HPV vaccine pilot vaccination in Kenya was carried between 2013 and 2015 in Kitui covering 22,500 children of ages 9 to 11 resulting to 95 percent evidence based success.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has assured Kenyans that the vaccine is safe and aims at protecting adolescent girls against cervical cancer infection.

Speaking during a media briefing Wednesday, ahead of the launch in Mombasa, the CS disclosed that cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women and is preventable through vaccination.

“Cancer of the Cervix, is the leading cause of cancer related deaths among women in Kenya. Nine women die from cervical Cancer in Kenya alone, every day. This is one too many! Cervical Cancer is now preventable through vaccination,” CS Sicily Karuiki said.

Kariuki said her Ministry was working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies in the roll-out of the nationwide HPV vaccine initiative.

“The cervical cancer vaccine is safe, it is effective, it has been evaluated and licensed for use in this country and countries across the globe,” Kariuki said.