HPV vaccine will save lives – Dr Kaseba

First Lady Christine Kaseba says Zambia has the opportunity to save lives of many girls and women through the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.

Speaking during the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine dissemination meeting in Lusaka this morning, Dr. Kaseba says the vaccine will brighten the future of many girls.

She says she is very confident that the vaccine will protect many girls from cervical cancer which has continued to take away so many lives around the world.

Dr Kaseba notes that it is also cost effective to vaccinate girls rather than to wait for another cancer diseases hospital to be built when lives would have already been lost.

She stresses that cervical cancer is a highly preventable disease which girls and women should not die from.

The First Lady adds that apart from prevention, treatment has improved in cervical cancer with the opening of the cancer disease hospital in the country.

She has however stressed the need for vaccination to be offered in schools stating that education and health meet where children are.

Dr Kaseba further states that the HPV vaccine has an investment return that reduces the health and economic burden of diseases in society and improvement of quality of life for girls and women resulting in numerous benefits that go with healthy women such as education, wealth and longevity.

And speaking earlier,Community Development Mother and Child Health Permanent Secretary, Professor Irwin Chomba says the ministry is prepared to listen to advice from relevant stakeholders so as to move in the same direction in promoting the HPV vaccine.