The initiative of Zambian Ministry of Health to vaccinate 300,000 girls at the age of 14 with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine takes effect tomorrow.
The Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya, states that the government is going to provide the girls with the vaccine in two phases – starting this year and completing the second phase next year.
Dr Chilufya mentions the vaccination is supposed to reduce the cervical cancer cases in the country as this issue has become one of the hardest challenges for the national health.
According to Dr Chilufya, about 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are recorded every year in Zambia. It has pushed the government to organize the HPV vaccination.
Moreover, Dr Chilufya has appealed to the parents urging them to ignore the myths and rumours around the vaccination as it is absolutely safe and necessary to improve the health of the young women.
Dr Chilufya added that the vaccine had been successfully tested within the country and that its safety and efficiency was guaranteed.