HPV sensitization commenced
Lusaka, May 29, ZANIS —– Community Development Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister Jean Kapata has disclosed that her ministry has started sensitizing members of the public on the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV).
Ms Kapata says her ministry is jointly working with the Ministry of Education to get into schools in order to sensitize the public.
She told ZANIS in a telephone interview that her ministry is aware that the public is not knowledgeable of how important the HPV vaccine is adding that, there is need to sensitize them.
Ms Kapata said her ministry is also working in collaboration with chiefs so that they sensitize the communities through their sub-chiefs.
She added that her ministry is considering using community radio stations to disseminate information on the HPV vaccine and answer all the questions that the public has on the same.
On 26th May this year, government launched a nation-wide Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) vaccine programme aimed at combating cervical cancer.
The pilot project was launched in Chongwe, Lusaka and Kafue.
Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education John Phiri and Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Joseph Katema witnessed hundreds of Grade 4 girl pupils get vaccinated in Chongwe.
The Human Papiloma Virus is a virus transmitted by an circumcised men and causes cervical cancer in women.