Malawi girls to get cervical cancer vaccine

Cases of cervical cancer among adolescent girls are expected to decline in Zomba and Rumphi thanks to the rolling out of a campaign to provide vaccine against cervical cancer among girls in the districts.

The Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be administered to girls aged between 9 and 13 years, according to the Ministry of Health’s spokesperson, Henry Chimbali.

The vaccine will be administered in three doses between this month and March next year.

Participants commemorating World Cancer day in Blantyre this year.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Participants commemorating World Cancer day in Blantyre this year.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Chimbali, who stressed that this is a demonstration project, said the vaccine will be administered to about 4,450 adolescent girls in Rumphi while they plan to reach out to 2,500 girls in Zomba urban.

“The campaign indeed started on Monday and it has also started in Zomba. We have seen some good feedback in terms of the uptake especially in Rumphi.

He said they ministry is targeting the girls aged between 9 and 13 because “scientifically this is a group that has be quite exposed.”

“Scientifically, we have started with this group because it has been proven that this group is yet to be exposed to the Human Papiloma Virus which is transmitted sexual.

”Therefore it’s quite important that we start with this age group so that we’re able to see the results and the benefits thereafter,” he explained.

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