Kenya’s health ministry will on Friday launch cervical cancer vaccine for the first time in the country targeting 800,000 girls. Sicily Kariuki, cabinet secretary for the ministry of health said the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be offered nationally alongside other Routine Infant Vaccines through an existing network of over 9,000 public and private health facilities.
“The vaccine will be given free of charge to earmarked 800,000 girls who are currently 10 years old and subsequently to all girls as they turn 10 years old in the future,the country has in place more than 1.3 million doses of the HPV vaccine against a target of 800,000 girls, for the year 2019.” Kariuki added
Kariuki revealed that 800 million shillings (8 million U.S. dollars) was involved in the introduction of the vaccine this year.
“For maximum protection, all girls aged 10 years must receive 2 doses of the vaccine, 6 months apart,” she said.
Kariuki assured Kenyans that the cervical cancer vaccine is licensed for use in the country and has been used in routine immunization programs of more than 115 countries worldwide.
Fiona Atuhebwe, World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine officer for Africa regional office said that cervical cancer is treatable once one goes for early screening and that we have to stop spreading unnecessary rumors about the vaccine since it has been used in many countries in the management of cervical cancer.
Kenya is joining Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania in introducing the vaccine in the market and it is the 16th country in the continent that has introduced the vaccine as a way of saving lives of populations.
Hospitals With Cancer Treatment Facilities In Kenya
Breast and cervical cancer are the leading cause of death and the only way to reduce the deaths is to ensure early detection.It is advised that ladies self-exam their breasts every month and seek an examination every year.
Below is a list of centers that offer cancer screening for free or at affordable prices especially in the month of October: LINK