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Communities embrace cervical cancer vaccination

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GOVERNMENT says its pilot Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme to curb the spread of cervical cancer among teenage girls has been well received in Beitbridge and Marondera.

STAFF REPORTER

The two-year pilot programme was launched last month as part of efforts to contain the scourge.

Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Portia Manangazira, told NewsDay yesterday that communities in the two districts had embraced the vaccination programme which is targeting 4 441 girls under the age of 10.

“The vaccinations went on well and we are waiting to receive the full report of how many children we covered,” Manangazira said, adding the programme would be rolled out to all parts of the country after the trial run.

“The programme was well accepted in the two districts we started off with and it was well beyond our expectations.

“We see a lot of interest in the programme from all the parents and the pupils themselves.”

Cervical cancer caused by sexually transmitted HPV is the second most common cancer in women worldwide and results in 274 000 deaths each year.

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