By Gwendoline Mugauri
The Ministry of Health And Child Care in Collaboration with The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education – today rolls out the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine into its routine immunization programme of girls aged between 10 and 14 years.
Zimbabwe becomes the 8th African country to introduce the HPV vaccine running from today until Friday the 18th of this month.
The HPV vaccine is a World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended intervention to prevent infection of the cervix, with two types of human papillomaviruses known to lead to about 70% of cervical cancers.
During the local vaccination programme, vaccinations will be targeted at girls in grade 5 in or out of school and is expected to take place at schools, hospitals and clinics countrywide.
Girls, who would have missed the vaccination during the campaign, can get vaccinated at clinics until the 18th of June 2018.