Hope as state ready for cervical cancer vaccine launch
SEE ALSO :Bust those diet and cancer mythsThe learners will be given two doses spread within six months. Dr Mary Nyangasi, Head of Kenya Cancer Control Programme, said cases of cancer of the cervix have been increasing. “In Kenya, most patients with cervical cancer present late and this leads to a lot of costs in treatment; if we can prevent then it means we shall use less compared to what could have been spent to treat in future,” said Dr Nyangasi. Six months HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer at 99 per cent and health professionals argue that the best bet against it is through vaccination. Dr Tabu said the vaccine has been used in Kenya for 20 years and this is just the massive roll-out by getting it into the routine immunisation programme. Two types of HPV – 16 and 18 – are most responsible for causing cervical cancer that kills nine women in Kenya daily, according to the ministry.
SEE ALSO :Late diagnosis hurts cancer war - medicsKenya has the highest rates of cervical cancer in East Africa and will join 115 other countries worldwide once the vaccination drive is launched. Rwanda launched its HPV vaccination drive in 2006 and statistics show it has cut cervical cancer cases by half. Since 2006, more than 270 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed worldwide. Safety update of HPV vaccines note that the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety has reviewed studies and reported adverse events and found no evidence of health risks that require changes to vaccine policy.
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