First Lady Christine Kaseba Sata has challenged stakeholders including the Media to disseminate accurate information on cervical cancer and the significance of HPV vaccines for girls.
Speaking at a public discussion with David Kaunda National Technical School pupils in Lusaka today organized by Infotainment Movement dubbed: “young people are key agents in the fight against cancer” Dr. Kaseba reiterated the need for girls to have access to HPV vaccines.
First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba gave a Lecture to pupils and Youths under the theme: ” Young People are Key agents in the fight against cancer.” at David Kaunda Technical High School in Lusaka on August 15,2013. The First Ladies interactive programme with Pupil’s was organised by Infotainment Movement in Union with the smart 29EARS Zambia.
Dr Kaseba says the vaccine has an excellent safety profile.
The First Lady is saddened that Zambia is ranked second worldwide in terms of having the highest number of cervical cancer cases despite Sub Sahara Africa having recorded 80 percent of new cases in Low and Middle Income Countries.
Dr. Kaseba has since called for the need to continue screening for cancer especially among sexually active people.
The HPV vaccine is so far being administered in Lusaka, Chongwe and Kafue districts.
And David Kaunda National Technical School Head Master Christopher Mvula thanked the First Lady for sparing time from her busy schedule to mentor his pupils on the significance of cervical cancer which he said is now hitting adolescents.
Earlier Matron for the Infotainment Movement Mukwandi ChibesaKunda encouraged pupils to build awareness in cancer prevention.
Ms ChibesaKunda who is also Stanbic Bank Acting Chief Executive Officer encouraged the pupils to take advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow for they are the first agents of change in the fight against cancer.