In Summary
  • A gynaecologist say that since the vaccine is being issued to 10-year-old school girls, the effects will be seen when they are about 30 years old, or in the year 2040.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the vaccine in Mombasa last week, placing Kenya in a list of 10 other African countries.
  • The gynaecologist further urged women to get the services from recognised health facilities in order to prevent maternal deaths.

Kenyans will start enjoying the fruits of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine in 20 years, according to a gynaecologist.

The medic said that since the vaccine is being issued to 10-year-old school girls, the effects will be seen when they are about 30 years old, or in the year 2040.

“The vaccine is used for prevention from diseases like cervical cancer, which is common in women from the age of 30. Therefore, we will still have reported cases for now,” said Dr Musimbi Soita, a consulting gynaecologist at Pwani Gyno Center.

“I cannot say we will see any changes for now. That will be in years to come."

He spoke on Monday in Mombasa County during the 9th annual symposium of the Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society (KOGS).

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President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the vaccine in Mombasa last week, placing Kenya in a list of 10 other African countries.

The President that the vaccine's introduction would lead to a decline in the number of new cancer cases and deaths.

He said it would be available in public, private, faith based and non-governmental health facilities across the country.

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