In Summary
  • KCDA had voiced concerns over the forthcoming national HPV vaccination campaign set to kick off in schools next month.

  • It targets girls aged 10 to 14, who will get two doses each in the arm.

  • The Ministry of Health says HPV, a sexually transmitted infection, is the primary cause of 99.7 per cent of all cervical cancer cases.

The Kenya Network of Cancer Organisations has dismissed the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association’s (KCDA) claims that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine increases the chances of women getting cancer.

KCDA had voiced concerns over the forthcoming national HPV vaccination campaign set to kick off in schools next month. It targets girls aged 10 to 14, who will get two doses each in the arm.

The Ministry of Health says HPV, a sexually transmitted infection, is the primary cause of 99.7 per cent of all cervical cancer cases.

In a letter to Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, Health PS Susan Mochache argues that vaccinating 10-year-old girls would significantly reduce the prevalence of cervical cancer.

“To reduce the burden due to cervical cancer in the country, the Ministry of Health plans to introduce the HPV vaccine into routine immunisation schedule 2019 targeting girls aged 10 years,” the letter reads.

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